Definition of illegality in English:

illegality

noun

  • 1mass noun The state of being contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.

    ‘proceedings will be required to establish the illegality of the act’
    • ‘One cannot dispute the illegality of last Monday's protests.’
    • ‘I have read most of his books, and I think that he brilliantly attacked the illegality of the income tax.’
    • ‘Despite their illegality, small gambling houses and large casinos continued to flourish.’
    • ‘Therefore, it all dates back to the illegality of the magistrates.’
    • ‘It seems to me that there must be cases when illegality can affect a letter of credit.’
    • ‘Is the contract unenforceable on grounds of illegality?’
    • ‘It appears that the illegality of such use was by no means clear.’
    • ‘The fact is that all matters relevant to illegality were known or ascertainable at the time of the decision.’
    • ‘Does his claim fail because it relies on illegality?’
    • ‘It is the court's function to control illegality and to make sure that a body does not act outside its powers.’
    1. 1.1count noun An illegal act or practice.
      ‘you don't want to be suspected of any illegalities’
      • ‘It is not suggested that the arrangements involved any actual or potential illegality or were intended to deprive anyone of their existing rights.’
      • ‘Moreover it is not suggested that they were in any way associated with or responsible for the illegalities.’
      • ‘According to the investigations of a police officer, there are four types of illegalities that are commonly committed.’
      • ‘There would only be an illegality if the parties had bound themselves to achieving this by an illegal dividend.’
      • ‘You don't want to be suspected of any illegalities.’
      • ‘The resulting illegality appears to me to be of an arbitrary and technical nature, not involving anything which is inherently wrong.’
      • ‘There have been illegalities and outright frauds committed during this bull market.’
      • ‘All governments and their departments have committed an illegality which carries penalty.’
      • ‘Despite the illegalities, the process worked well for over two decades.’
      • ‘The report laid bare the details of the corruption and illegalities committed.’

Pronunciation

illegality

/ˌɪlɪˈɡaləti/