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
Related formspseu·do·le·gal·i·ty, noun, plural pseu·do·le·gal·i·ties.

Synonyms for legality

1. legitimacy, licitness, validity. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for legalities

Contemporary Examples of legalities

Historical Examples of legalities

  • These gods, with their moralities and legalities and intellectual subtlety, will go under and be starved out of existence.

    The Perfect Wagnerite

    George Bernard Shaw

British Dictionary definitions for legalities


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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