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

  • n. The state or quality of being legal; lawfulness.
  • n. Adherence to or observance of the law.
  • n. A requirement enjoined by law. Often used in the plural.

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  • n. Lawfulness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being legal; conformity to law.
  • n. A conformity to, and resting upon, the letter of the law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being legal; lawfulness; conformity to law.
  • n. In theology, a reliance on works for salvation; insistence on the mere letter of the law without regard to its spirit: personified in the quotation.
  • n. A gambling game.

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

  • n. lawfulness by virtue of conformity to a legal statute


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