Definitions for: Contraband

[n] goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
[adj] distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes"

Webster (1913) Definition: Con"tra*band, n. [It. contrabando; contra + bando
ban, proclamation: cf. F. contrebande. See Ban an edict.]
1. Illegal or prohibited traffic.

Persons the most bound in duty to prevent
contraband, and the most interested in the seizures.

2. Goods or merchandise the importation or exportation of
which is forbidden.

3. A negro slave, during the Civil War, escaped to, or was
brought within, the Union lines. Such slave was considered
contraband of war. [U.S.]

Contraband of war, that which, according to international
law, cannot be supplied to a hostile belligerent except at
the risk of seizure and condemnation by the aggrieved
belligerent. --Wharton.

Con"tra*band, a.
Prohibited or excluded by law or treaty; forbidden; as,
contraband goods, or trade.

The contraband will always keep pace, in some measure,
with the fair trade. --Burke.

Con"tra*band, v. t.
1. To import illegally, as prohibited goods; to smuggle.
[Obs.] --Johnson.

2. To declare prohibited; to forbid. [Obs.]

The law severly contrabands Our taking business of
men's hands. --Hudibras.

Synonyms: black, black-market, bootleg, illegal, smuggled

See Also: merchandise, product, wares

Try our:
Scrabble Word Finder

Scrabble Cheat

Words With Friends Cheat

Hanging With Friends Cheat

Scramble With Friends Cheat

Ruzzle Cheat

Related Resources:
animals beginning with z
animals begin with e