Illegality
Illegality Il`le*gal"i*ty, n.; pl. {Illegalities}. [Cf. F. ill['e]galit['e].] The quality or condition of being illegal; unlawfulness; as, the illegality of trespass or of false imprisonment; also, an illegal act. [1913 Webster]

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  • illegality — il‧le‧gal‧i‧ty [ˌɪlɪˈgælti] noun illegalities PLURALFORM LAW 1. [uncountable] the state of being illegal: • the illegality of loans to illegitimate regimes 2. [countable] an illegal act: • T …   Financial and business terms

  • illegality — il·le·gal·i·ty /ˌi li ga lə tē/ n pl ties 1: the quality or state of being illegal 2: an illegal action Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • illegality — (n.) 1630s, from ILLEGAL (Cf. illegal) + ITY (Cf. ity); or else from Fr. illegalité (14c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Illegality — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Absence or violation of law. < N PARAG:Illegality >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 lawlessness lawlessness Sgm: N 1 illicitness illicitness Sgm: N 1 breach of law breach of law violation of law Sgm: N 1 disobedience disobedience …   English dictionary for students

  • illegality — noun a) the state of being illegal The criminal was aware of the illegality of his act. b) (uncountable): a defense to the validity of a contract because it was in violation of the law When sued for r …   Wiktionary

  • illegality — UK [ˌɪliːˈɡælətɪ] / US [ˌɪlɪˈɡælətɪ] noun Word forms illegality : singular illegality plural illegalities formal 1) [uncountable] the state of being illegal 2) [countable] behaviour or actions that are illegal …   English dictionary

  • illegality — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Lack of legality Nouns 1. illegality, lawlessness, unlawfulness, unconstitutionality; illegitimacy, bar sinister, bastardy; criminality; outlawry; extralegality; criminology; criminalization. See… …   English dictionary for students

  • illegality — Unlawfulness; the state of being illegal. The word is not synonymous with irregularity. Illegality denotes a radical defect, while irregularity is a want of adherence to some prescribed rule or mode of proceeding. United States v Salomon (DC La)… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • illegality — illegal ► ADJECTIVE ▪ contrary to or forbidden by law. DERIVATIVES illegality noun illegally adverb. USAGE Both illegal and unlawful can mean ‘contrary to or forbidden by law’, but unlawful has a broader meaning ‘not permitted by rules’: thus… …   English terms dictionary

  • illegality — noun see illegal I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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