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illegality

[il-ee-gal-i-tee] /ˌɪl iˈgæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural illegalities.
1.
illegal condition or quality; unlawfulness.
2.
an illegal act.
Origin of illegality
1630-1640
From the Medieval Latin word illēgālitās, dating back to 1630-40. See illegal, -ity
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n.

1630s, from illegal + -ity; or else from French illegalité (14c.).

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