[ lee-gal-i-tee ]
/ liˈgæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural le·gal·i·ties.

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

1425–75; late Middle English legalite < Medieval Latin lēgālitās. See legal, -ity
1 legitimacy, licitness, validity.
Related formspseu·do·le·gal·i·ty, noun, plural pseu·do·le·gal·i·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for legalities


/ (lɪˈɡælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being legal or lawful
adherence to legal principles
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Word Origin and History for legalities



mid-15c., from Middle French légalité, from Medieval Latin legalitatem (nominative legalitas), from Latin legalis "pertaining to the law" (see legal).

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