• WordNet 3.6
    • n legality lawfulness by virtue of conformity to a legal statute
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Prostitution is legal in Canada, however running a brothel is not.
    • Legality (Theol) A conformity to, and resting upon, the letter of the law.
    • Legality The state or quality of being legal; conformity to law.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Witchcraft was first legalized in the colony of Pennsylvania.
    • n legality The state or character of being legal; lawfulness; conformity to law.
    • n legality In theology, a reliance on works for salvation; insistence on the mere letter of the law without regard to its spirit: personified in the quotation.
    • n legality A gambling game.
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  • H.G. Wells
    “Advertising is legalized lying.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “Only one thing is certain: if pot is legalized, it won't be for our benefit but for the authorities . To have it legalized will also be to lose control of it.”
  • Jeremy P. Johnson
    Jeremy P. Johnson
    “Drugs are reality's legal loopholes.”
  • Herschel Hobbs
    Herschel Hobbs
    “The nine-tenths prove man's love, but the one-tenth tests man's legal obedience.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate.”
  • Franklin P. Jones
    “Anybody who thinks talk is cheap should get some legal advice.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LL. legalitas, F. légalité,. Cf. Loyalty


In literature:

The claim was not a legal one; for in the investiture of the Duchy females were excluded.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
He attended to the legal business and held the manor courts.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
Women were accorded a legal status and marriage laws were promulgated by the State.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
From the point of his generation, his action was just and legal.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
I shall take it to my solicitor and get it legalized to-morrow morning.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
Bailiff (legal) = jugxa persekutisto.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
A spirit of mutinous defiance broke out on the failure of all legal remedy.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
The intellectual and legal battle is as bitter as any physical one.
"The Man in Court" by Frederic DeWitt Wells
You got no legal right to detain me.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
In the section on taking notes the direction was given that in citing legal decisions the latest should be secured.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton

In poetry:

But why do I call her "the Mistress"
Who know not her way of life?
Because she has more of a cared-for air
Than many a legal wife.
"Lenten Thoughts Of A High Anglican" by Sir John Betjeman
Law precepts in a gospel mold,
We may as gospel-doctrine hold;
But gospel-calls in legal dress,
The joyful sound of grace suppress.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
I through the law am dead to it,
To legal works and self-conceit;
Yet, lo! through gospel-grace I live,
And to the law due honour give.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
How great soe'er the legal charge,
The gospel-payment's equal large:
No less by man the law can bray,
When grace provides a God to pay.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
Q. 'Gainst legal fiery threats of wrath,
Pray, what defence is best?
A. Christ's full obedience ey'd by faith;
There should the guilty rest.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
"Come down, Zaccheus, quickly come,
Salvation's brought unto thy home:
In vain thou climb'st the legal tree;
Salvation freely comes to thee.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

As if Chris Brown didn't have enough legal woes.
Philly mc, Beanie Sigel has had his share of legal issues.
According to several published reports, Facebook has acquired 750 patents from IBM as the company prepares for legal battle against Yahoo and others.
Facebook Taps IBM for 750 Patents to Help Beat Back Legal Claims: Report.
New York City legalized beekeeping in May 2010, he said, and since then its popularity has skyrocketed.
'Bath salts' ban in US aimed at legal drugs linked to violent behaviour .
BELGRADE , Yugoslavia, April 26— Dr Marko Veselica, a prominent Croatian dissident, has been arrested in the northwestern city of Zagreb on suspicion of antistate activities, legal sources said today.
This week, the president of wicked-Catholic Portugal announced that he's ratifying a law that legalizes gay marriage, even though he doesn't want to, because liberal lawmakers would just overturn his veto.
As previously reported, Reese's mother, Betty filed bigamy charges against Reese's dad, John, after he married Tricianne Taylor back in January, while still legally hitched to her.
Matt Birk on same-sex marriage becoming legal in Maryland: 'We live in a democracy'.
A couple of years ago, when California NAACP head Alice Huffman endorsed marijuana legalization in her state, more than 20 African-American leaders called for her resignation.
Legalized Marijuana Might Do More Good Than You Think.
The ongoing legal issue between the sheriff and district attorney could be moving closer to a resolution following action by the county supervisors Tuesday.
You don't even have to check IDs -- what's the legal drinking age in dog years.
In 2008, the Democratic platform dropped its call for abortion to be "safe, legal and rare" in favor of the language "safe and legal".

In science:

The previous theorem is not true for legal strings in general — the next two examples illustrate that legal strings having the same overlap graph can have different reduction graphs.
How Overlap Determines the Macronuclear Genes in Ciliates
Figure 5: The overlap graph of both legal strings u and v of Example 6.
How Overlap Determines the Macronuclear Genes in Ciliates
Let u be a legal string and let κ = |dom(u)| + 1.
How Overlap Determines the Macronuclear Genes in Ciliates
Since u is a legal string, every ul for 1 ≤ l ≤ n is either part of a ˜Mk (with 2 ≤ k < κ) or in {2, ¯2, κ, ¯κ}.
How Overlap Determines the Macronuclear Genes in Ciliates
If l > 1, then ˜Ml−1 is also a substring of u′ , otherwise u′ would not be a legal string.
How Overlap Determines the Macronuclear Genes in Ciliates