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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Contraband \Con"tra*band\, noun [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. --Burke.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Contraband \Con"tra*band\, adjective 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Contraband \Con"tra*band\, verb (used with an object)

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

contraband

adjective

1: distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes" [syn: {bootleg}, {black}, {black-market}, {contraband}, {smuggled}]

noun

1: goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law


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