contraband

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con·tra·band / ˈkäntrəˌband/ • n. goods that have been imported or exported illegally. ∎  trade in smuggled goods: the government has declared a nationwide war on contraband. ∎  (also contraband of war) goods forbidden to be supplied by neutrals to those engaged in war. ∎  during the U.S. Civil War, a black slave who escaped or was transported across Union lines.• adj. imported or exported illegally, either in defiance of a total ban or without payment of duty: contraband drug shipments. ∎  relating to traffic in illegal goods: the contraband market.DERIVATIVES: con·tra·band·ist / -ist/ n.

Contraband

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CONTRABAND

Any property that it is illegal to produce or possess. Smuggled goods that are imported into or exported from a country in violation of its laws.

Contraband confiscated by law enforcement authorities upon the arrest of a person for the crimes of production or possession of such goods will not be returned, regardless of the outcome of the prosecution.

contraband

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contraband sb. and adj. XVI. The present form was not current before XVII, the earlier forms being †counterbande (after F. contrebande) and †contrabanda — Sp. -banda — It. -bando (now contrabb-), f. contra- (see prec.) and bando BAN 1.