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contraband

Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːntrəbænd; ˈkɒntrəbænd/

Translation of contraband in Spanish:

noun/nombre

uncountable/no numerable
  • 1.1 (goods) contrabando (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • It means that if a policeman tries to use illegally obtained contraband as evidence to charge a suspect, the court will readily strike down such illicit evidence.
    • On the contrary, the moment a book becomes illegal contraband it is suddenly all the more desirable.
    • With legal imports in 1998 of $15 billion, contraband accounted for 25 percent of all imports.
    1.2 (smuggling) contrabando (masculine); (before noun/delante del nombre) [tobacco/alcohol] de contrabando
    Example sentences
    • It survived on contraband and piracy, trading cattle, hides, sugar, tobacco, and foodstuffs directly with other nations.
    • With caves, coves and beaches round the island, there was many a hiding place for smugglers, and contraband was a way of life on Portland - with even the man employed by the government to put a stop to the practice deeply involved.
    • But like drugs, and alcohol during Prohibition, black-market contraband always provides a means to acquire whatever is the forbidden fruit of the moment.

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