le·​gal·​i·​ty | \ li-ˈga-lə-tē How to pronounce legality (audio) \
plural legalities

Definition of legality

1 : attachment to or observance of law
2 : the quality or state of being legal : lawfulness
3 legalities plural : obligations imposed by law

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Examples of legality in a Sentence

the senator questioned the legality of the proposed espionage operation

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The court is expected to decide the legality of the question within weeks. New York Times, "Census Fight Grows as House Panel Backs Contempt and Trump Asserts Privilege," 12 June 2019 Some of us scofflaws ignore the legality and blow the light after coming to a complete stop, of course. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "‘Rebel’ driver explains why he ignores no-right-on-red law: Roadshow," 6 June 2019 There are plenty of questions about the legality and effectiveness of such a move. Heather Timmons, Quartz, "Trump’s tariff threat is his latest attempt to get Mexico to build a wall," 31 May 2019 The list goes on, with many questions about the legality and transparency of his work. Anna Groves, Discover Magazine, "Human Gene Editing is Controversial. Shoukhrat Mitalipov Isn't Deterred," 15 Apr. 2019 Take it as a guide, but remember that the legality of CBD is ever-evolving (in fact, the FDA has scheduled a hearing about the substance for May), so things could look very different in just a year. . Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 Maybe this one was just to complete the legalities in a hilariously great way, and a huge party will follow later this summer in a second wedding? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Got Married With a Las Vegas Wedding After the Billboard Awards," 2 May 2019 The 5-4 vote cleared the way for the policy to move forward, but the justices did not take a stance on the legality of the ban, CNN reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Supreme Court Allows Trump's Transgender Military Ban to Go Into Effect Temporarily," 22 Jan. 2019 The case made it to the Supreme Court in 2013, and had the potential to change the Court's standing on the legality of affirmative action in college decisions. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A Timeline of the Harvard Affirmative Action Lawsuit," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of legality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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le·​gal·​i·​ty | \ li-ˈga-lə-tē How to pronounce legality (audio) \
plural legalities

Legal Definition of legality

1 : attachment to or observance of law
2 : the quality or state of being legal : lawfulness
3  plural : obligations imposed by law

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