Definition of legality in English:


Syllabification: le·gal·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ləˈɡalədē

noun (plural legalities)

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.
More example sentences
  • 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).

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