legality legality  /li ˈɡæ lə ti/


  • (n) lawfulness by virtue of conformity to a legal statute


  1. But barring arguments about the war's legality created a disconnect that ultimately caused the military's case against Watada to unravel.
  2. Attorneys-General of California are usually expected to defend successful statewide propositions against those who would challenge their legality in court.
  3. Though their legality is uncertain, revenues are high enough to justify the risk of prosecution.


  1. EDITORIAL: Snowden showed up gaps in NSA security

    First it has to be said — without getting into the morality or legality of its actions — that the National Security Agency’s technical prowess was truly impressive in creating programs that vacuumed up information about phone calls originating in the United States, including who called whom and for how long, but also emails, documents, photos, files and contact lists from domestic and foreign ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Evansville Courier & Press

  2. New York lawsuit challenges legality of unpaid internships

    A New York lawsuit challenging the legality of unpaid internships could have implications for employers saving big on free workers and prospective job seekers looking to get a foot in the door.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Clarion-Ledger

  3. Video: FBI Director on NSA surveillance: "Legality has been assured"

    "The legality" of recently revealed NSA surveillance programs "has been assured by the Department of Justice," FBI Director Robert Mueller said today on Capitol Hill, adding, "If there were a change to be made by Congress, then so be it, we would follow that letter of the law."
    on June 13, 2013     Source: CBS News


  1. "I understand that you and some other members of the (Judiciary) Committee may feel that I should go further in my review, and answer questions concerning the legality of waterboarding under current law," Mukasey wrote in his three-page letter...
    on Jan 29, 2008 By: Michael Mukasey Source: Forbes

  2. "They can't say that Congress has been fully briefed while refusing to turn over key documents used to justify the legality of the program," Rockefeller said.
    on Oct 5, 2007 By: Jay Rockefeller Source: Forbes

  3. Waxman, the top Supreme Court lawyer during the Clinton administration, said that "after six years of imprisonment without meaningful review, it is time for a court to decide the legality" of their confinement.
    on Dec 5, 2007 By: Seth Waxman Source: Guardian Unlimited

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