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.
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.