le·gal·i·ty /li-'ga-lə-tē/ n pl -ties
1: attachment to or observance of law
2: the quality or state of being legal: lawfulness
3 pl: obligations imposed by law

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun accordance with law, allowableness, authorization, conformity to law, conformity with the law, constitutionality, lawfulness, legalism, legitimacy, legitimateness, permissibleness, rightfulness, sanction, sanctionableness, validity, warrantableness associated concepts: legality of consideration, legality of contract, legality of obligation, legality of purpose II index admissibility, legitimacy, sanction (permission), validity

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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