Contraband meaning

kŏntrə-bănd
Unlawful or prohibited trade.
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Goods that may be seized and confiscated by a belligerent if shipped to another belligerent by a neutral.
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Forbidden by law to be imported or exported.
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Goods forbidden by law to be imported or exported; smuggled merchandise.
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An escaped slave during the Civil War who fled to or was taken behind Union lines.
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Prohibited from being imported or exported.
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(obsolete) To import illegally; to smuggle.

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(obsolete) To declare prohibited; to forbid.
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The definition of contraband is not allowed to be imported or exported.

An example of contraband items are drugs.

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Contraband is defined as goods that are against the law to trade or to be imported or exported, or goods that are smuggled or a slave during the Civil War who was behind the Union lines.

An example of contraband are drugs being carried across country borders.

An example of contraband was a slave during the Civil War who was smuggled behind or who fled behind the Union lines.

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During the Civil War, a black slave who fled to, or was smuggled or found behind, the Union lines.
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Any goods that are unlawful to possess, sell or otherwise distribute or transport, or whose very existence is illegal.
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Smuggled goods.
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(uncountable) Any goods which are illicit or illegal to possess.
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(uncountable) Goods which are prohibited from being traded, smuggled goods.
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(countable, US, historical) A black slave during the American Civil War who had escaped to, or been captured by, Union forces.
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Prohibited from being traded.
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Origin of contraband

  • Italian contrabbando contra- against (from Latin contrā- contra–) bando legal proclamation (from Late Latin bannus) (of Germanic origin bhā-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French contrebande.

    From Wiktionary