Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 963 (Legality)

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#963. Legality. -- N. legality; legitimacy, legitimateness.

legislature; law, code, corpus juris[Lat], constitution, pandect[obs], charter, enactment, statute, rule; canon &c. (precept) 697; ordinance, institution, regulation; bylaw, byelaw; decree &c. (order) 741; ordonnance[obs]; standing order; plebiscite &c. (choice) 609.

legal process; form, formula, formality; rite, arm of the law; habeas corpus; fieri facias[Lat].

[Science of law] jurisprudence, nomology[obs]; legislation, codification.

equity, common law; lex[Lat], lex nonscripta[Lat][obs]; law of nations, droit des gens[Fr], international law, jus gentium[Lat]; jus civile[Lat]; civil law, canon law, crown law, criminal law, statute law, ecclesiastical law, administrative law; lex mercatoria[Lat].

constitutionalism, constitutionality; justice &c. 922.

[institution for deciding questions of law] court, tribunal &c. 966.

[person who presides at a court or tribunal] judge &c. 967.

[specialist in questions of law] lawyer, attorney, legal counsel &c. 968.

V. legalize; enact, ordain; decree &c. (order) 741; pass a law, enact a regulation; legislate; codify, formulate; regulate.

Adj. legal, legitimate; according to law; vested, constitutional, chartered, legalized; lawful &c. (permitted) 760; statutable[obs], statutory; legislatorial, legislative; regulatory, regulated.

Adv. legally &c. adj.; in the eye of the law; de jure[Lat].

Phr. ignorantia legis neminem excusat[Latin: ignorance of the law is no excuse]; "where law ends tyranny begins" [Earl of Chatham].