Definitions for legalˈli gəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

le•galˈli gəl(adj.)

  1. permitted by law; lawful:

    Such acts are not legal.

  2. of or pertaining to law; connected with the law or its administration:

    the legal profession.

  3. appointed, established, or authorized by law; deriving authority from law.

  4. recognized by law rather than by equity.

  5. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the profession of law or of lawyers:

    a legal mind.

  6. (n.)a person who acts in a legal manner or with legal authority.

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  7. a person whose status is protected by or in accordance with law.

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  8. legals, authorized investments that may be made by fiduciaries, as savings banks or trustees.

Origin of legal:

1490–1500; < L lēgālis of the law =lēg-, s. of lēx law +-ālis -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. legal(adj)

    established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules

  2. legal(adj)

    of or relating to jurisprudence

    "legal loophole"

  3. legal, sound, effectual(adj)

    having legal efficacy or force

    "a sound title to the property"

  4. legal(adj)

    relating to or characteristic of the profession of law

    "the legal profession"

  5. legal(adj)

    allowed by official rules

    "a legal pass receiver"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. legal(adjective)ˈli gəl

    ≠ illegal

    above the legal speed limit; The transaction was legal.; a legal immigrant

  2. legalˈli gəl

    relating to law or lawyers

    legal advice/documents/fees; a legal battle/challenge


  1. legal(Noun)

    Paper in sheets 8u00BD in u00D7 14 in (215.9 mm u00D7 355.6 mm).

  2. legal(Adjective)

    Relating to the law or to lawyers, as in legal profession.

  3. legal(Adjective)

    Having its basis in the law, such as legal precedent.

  4. legal(Adjective)

    Being allowed or prescribed by law, such as a legal motion.

  5. legal(Adjective)

    Above the age of consent, most often concerning attractive but young adolescent girls.

  6. Origin: From legalis, from lex.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Legal(adj)

    created by, permitted by, in conformity with, or relating to, law; as, a legal obligation; a legal standard or test; a legal procedure; a legal claim; a legal trade; anything is legal which the laws do not forbid

  2. Legal(adj)

    according to the law of works, as distinguished from free grace; or resting on works for salvation

  3. Legal(adj)

    according to the old or Mosaic dispensation; in accordance with the law of Moses

  4. Legal(adj)

    governed by the rules of law as distinguished from the rules of equity; as, legal estate; legal assets

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. legal

    Loosely used to mean ‘in accordance with all the relevant rules’, esp. in connection with some set of constraints defined by software. “The older =+ alternate for += is no longer legal syntax in ANSI C.” “This parser processes each line of legal input the moment it sees the trailing linefeed.” Hackers often model their work as a sort of game played with the environment in which the objective is to maneuver through the thicket of ‘natural laws’ to achieve a desired objective. Their use of legal is flavored as much by this game-playing sense as by the more conventional one having to do with courts and lawyers. Compare language lawyer, legalese.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'legal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #735

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'legal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1602

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'legal' in Adjectives Frequency: #87

Translations for legal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


lawful; allowed by the law

Is it legal to bring gold watches into the country?; a legal contract.

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