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legality Line breaks: le¦gal|ity
Pronunciation: /liːˈɡalɪti/

Definition of legality in English:

noun (plural legalities)

[mass noun]
1The quality or state of being in accordance with the law: documentation testifying to the legality of the arms sale
More example sentences
  • What we have here is a blatant undermining of the system under the cover of legality.
  • He had only been given a later assurance of legality, which contained none of the caveats.
  • The legality of many actions taken during the settlement of the country was dubious at best.
1.1 (legalities) Obligations imposed by law: you need a solicitor to highlight the legalities of the contract
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  • Vows recited in a church or garden or on a mountaintop are separate from the legalities of marriage.
  • He said the legalities surrounding Horsfall were one of several factors under consideration.
  • In many ancient cultures, the legalities of marriage were formed to ensure the well being of any children brought forth by the union.


Late Middle English: from French légalité or medieval Latin legalitas 'relating to the law', from Latin legalis (see legal).

Words that rhyme with legality

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