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[il-ee-gal-i-tee] /ˌɪl iˈgæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural illegalities.
illegal condition or quality; unlawfulness.
an illegal act.
Origin of illegality
From the Medieval Latin word illēgālitās, dating back to 1630-40. See illegal, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mr. Das addressed the court on the illegality of the Act itself securing thereby the release of Dr. Mehta and others.

    Chitta Ranjan Sukumar Ranjan Das
  • Ministerial circulars often have a remarkable character for illegality.

  • There was the usual amount of illegality being practised by the commoners; but the village constable had nothing to do with that.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • It may be worth while to mention a few of these kinds of illegality.

    Commercial Law Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill
  • The illegality of such a course had been ruled and decided in the case of Mr. Gavan Duffy in 1848.

    The Wearing of the Green A.M. Sullivan
Word Origin and History for illegality

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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