- The word contraband, reported in English since 1529, from Medieval French contrebande "a smuggling," denotes any item that, relating to its nature, is illegal to be possessed or sold
- Used for goods that by their nature, such as too dangerous or offensive in the eyes of the legislator (termed contraband in se), are forbidden
- For so-called derivative contraband, goods that may normally be owned but are liable to be seized because they were used in committing an unlawful act and hence begot illegally:nSmuggling goodsnstolen goods – knowingly participating in their trade is an offense in itself, called fencingnthe fruits of fraud, forgery etc
- The word is also used as an adjective, again meaning 'distributed or sold illicitly'
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