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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or state of being illegal.
  • n. An illegal act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. : the state of being illegal
  • n. (uncountable): a defense to the validity of a contract because it was in violation of the law

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or condition of being illegal; unlawfulness; ; also, an illegal act.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or character of being illegal; unlawfulness: as, the illegality of trespass, or of arrest without warrant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. unlawfulness by virtue of violating some legal statute

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