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[lee-gal-i-tee] /liˈgæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural legalities.
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
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English legalite < Medieval Latin lēgālitās. See legal, -ity
Related forms
pseudolegality, noun, plural pseudolegalities.
1. legitimacy, licitness, validity. Unabridged
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  • It is this country that is dangerous, with her idealistic conception of legality.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • 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.


    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
British Dictionary definitions for legality


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being legal or lawful
adherence to legal principles
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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