legality

noun
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

Examples of legality in a Sentence

the senator questioned the legality of the proposed espionage operation
Recent Examples on the Web Critics have questioned the legality of the migrant busing, but Abbott claims the program is lawful since riders take the buses voluntarily and the trip is free of charge. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 In their letter, House members questioned the legality of the deductions. Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2022 Throughout history, white supremacist ideology has demonstrated its power to reshape institutions and supersede legality. Maia Niguel Hoskin, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 As questions about Delta 8 THC's legality wade their way through Texas courts, all eyes are on massive stockpiles of the now-illicit products that could spell legal trouble for retailers and manufacturers after a ruling by an Austin judge Friday. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 26 Oct. 2021 A month ago, a divided Supreme Court said a new Texas law, which seeks to ban nearly all abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, could go into effect while the statute's legality is fought out in the courts. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 5 Oct. 2021 While Asghari might be poking fun, a prenuptial agreement could actually be a serious legality under a conservatorship, experts say. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 14 Sep. 2021 The measure is based on an Idaho law that has been blocked by a federal court while a lawsuit challenging its legality proceeds. orlandosentinel.com, 18 Mar. 2021 Iowa for years has been able to circumvent that legality by holding a caucus, not a primary. Isabella Murray, ABC News, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of legality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Legality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legality. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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legality

noun
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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