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[il-ee-gal-i-tee] /ˌɪl iˈgæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural illegalities.
illegal condition or quality; unlawfulness.
an illegal act.
Origin of illegality
1630-40; < Medieval Latin illēgālitās. See illegal, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Meanwhile, a century of illegality has deprived governments of much information that good policy requires.
  • Yet illegality and immorality are secondary concerns.
  • What is in question is your illegality and criminality.
  • It is time to end this sad chapter of illegality and irresponsibility.
  • Today, however, the inequality of access that helped to bring illegality to an end is once again on the increase.
  • By not observing the distinction between illegality and malice.
  • Because so much was done under the veil of secrecy, much remains unknown about the extent of the illegality.
  • Bloggers and pop musicians operate in a penumbra of semi-illegality.
  • Casual illegality was unremarkable and quotidian, a matter of drug use and theft of goods and services, petty things.
  • The suspicion naturally arises that the illegality is not what bothers you.
Word Origin and History for illegality

1630s, from illegal + -ity; or else from French illegalité (14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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