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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun unlawfulness by virtue of violating some legal statute

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