- the state or quality of being in conformity with the law; lawfulness.
- attachment to or observance of law.
- Usually legalities. a duty or obligation imposed by law.
- Theology. reliance on good works for salvation rather than on free grace.
Origin of legality
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Examples from the Web for legality
So he actually brought [religion] back to legality in France.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
However, this suit really boils down to less about concussions, and more about the legality of informed consent.Should Dan Marino Have Sued the NFL Over Concussions?
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
June 3, 2014
This fig leaf of legality must be stripped away, otherwise violence will persist.Satellites Correctly Predict Military Campaign Against Civilians in Sudan
December 9, 2013
IDF's Military Advocate General: legality of training is anchored in principles of 'belligerent occupation.'Syrian Baby Born in Israeli Hospital
November 4, 2013
Before the 2012 elections, judges were dividing much more along party lines on questions such as the legality of voter ID laws.Why Judge Posner Changed His Mind On Voter ID Laws
Richard L. Hasen
October 23, 2013
It is this country that is dangerous, with her idealistic conception of legality.The Secret Agent
I am happy to find you agreeing with me, then, in the legality of the doctrine of the right of search.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
He had gone astray after Mr. Legality, and the rocks had almost overwhelmed him.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
In other words, if it was not illegal—there was no doubt of its legality—it was an incivility.
A point had arisen concerning the legality of certain payments.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
- the state or quality of being legal or lawful
- adherence to legal principles
Word Origin and History for legality
mid-15c., from Middle French légalité, from Medieval Latin legalitatem (nominative legalitas), from Latin legalis "pertaining to the law" (see legal).