illegality

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From French illégalité

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illegality (countable and uncountable, 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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