legality

noun
le·gal·i·ty | \li-ˈga-lə-tē \
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 filing also questioned the legality of allowing divorce attorney Harry Smith to testify at trial about a telephone call in which Stacy indicated Drew had killed Savio. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Drew Peterson asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal of murder conviction of 3rd wife," 18 June 2018 Image The first female head of the judiciary, Ms. Sereno, 57, had publicly questioned the legality of Mr. Duterte’s war on drugs, which rights groups say has killed thousands of people. Felipe Villamor, New York Times, "Philippines’ Top Judge Took On Duterte. Now, She’s Out.," 11 May 2018 The first female head of the judiciary, Sereno, 57, had publicly questioned the legality of Duterte’s war on drugs, which rights groups say has killed thousands of people. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "Philippine court removes chief justice, a critic of Rodrigo Duterte," 11 May 2018 Mr Chinchilla was not on a list of five candidates considered by congress, casting doubt on the legality of his appointment. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 July 2018 Attica Scott, D-Louisville, and George Brown, D-Lexington, requested the attorney general’s opinion on the legality of the policy. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Bevin administration broke law by blocking protesters, Beshear says," 2 July 2018 If that case makes its way up to the Supreme Court, the justices may have to again rule on the legality of Roe. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "What Justice Kennedy’s Supreme Court Retirement Means for Abortion Rights," 27 June 2018 Protesters gather outside the Supreme Court while the justices heard arguments on the legality of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban. NBC News, "Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban," 26 June 2018 Authorities have also questioned the legality of the ship, which has a Dutch flag but is run by a German group. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Italy, others to take migrants but fate of NGO ship unclear," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of legality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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legality

noun
le·gal·i·ty | \li-ˈga-lə-tē \
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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