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

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Examples of legality in a Sentence

the senator questioned the legality of the proposed espionage operation
Recent Examples on the Web At 200 Amsterdam, on the Upper West Side, community members won a significant victory last March, when a State Supreme Court judge called into question the legality of the 668-foot tower’s zoning lot. Stefanos Chen, New York Times, "The People vs. Big Development," 7 Feb. 2020 The Met’s move also comes as UK experts question the reliability and legality of the technology in trials, and even as the government’s own privacy watchdog argues that more oversight is required. Will Knight, Wired, "London Cops Will Use Facial Recognition to Hunt Suspects," 25 Jan. 2020 The San Mateo district attorney’s office is investigating the legality of the officers’ actions, while Foster City police are investigating the criminal actions of the suspect and conducting an independent policy review of the officers’ conduct. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Foster City police shoot sex crime suspect who allegedly stabbed officer during arrest," 23 Jan. 2020 The Supreme Court ultimately upheld the legality of the ban and Trump on Wednesday did not mention which countries could be added to the ban. Annah Aschbrenner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: Things are just getting started," 22 Jan. 2020 The concern is such that World Athletics -- the sport's governing body -- has convened a panel of experts to look at the legality in professional competition of a range of modern shoes. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Eliud Kipchoge's record-breaking Nike shoes under scrutiny," 17 Jan. 2020 The legality of the proposal has been challenged by the state, which is contesting it in court. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Supporters of elections overhaul turn in signatures, moving measure closer to statewide vote," 10 Jan. 2020 The new evidence was revealed as the Supreme Court was considering the legality of President Trump's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Daughter of deceased GOP redistricting expert releases trove of documents," 6 Jan. 2020 Eight thousand miles away in Hong Kong, the legality of face masks has been a topic of sharp debate amid the violent pro-democracy protests roiling the semi-autonomous territory. BostonGlobe.com, "the Globe’s Milton Valencia reported," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of legality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Legality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legality. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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