illegality
il·le·gal·i·ty /ˌi-li-'ga-lə-tē/ n pl -ties
1: the quality or state of being illegal
2: an illegal action

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

illegality
I noun corruptness, criminality, illegitimacy, impropriety, infraction, infringement, lawlessness, malefaction, misdeed, transgression, unauthorization, underhandedness, unfitness, unlawfulness, violation of the law associated concepts: ultra vires foreign phrases:
- Pacta quae contra leges constitutionesque vei contra bonos mores flunt nuiiam vim habere, indubitati juris est. — It is unquestionably the law that contracts which are made contrary to the laws or against good morals, have no force in law
II index burglary, corruption, crime, criminality, felony, infringement, injustice, irregularity, misconduct, misdeed, misdemeanor, misdoing, offense, prohibition, transgression, violation, wrong

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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