illegality

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From French illégalité

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illegality (plural illegalities)

  1. (law): the state of being illegal
    The criminal was aware of the illegality of his act.
  2. (law) (uncountable): a defense to the validity of a contract because it was in violation of the law
    When sued for refusing to pay for services provided by a prostitute, the customer raised the defense of illegality.

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