established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules
of or relating to jurisprudence
legal, sound, effectual(adj)
having legal efficacy or force
"a sound title to the property"
relating to or characteristic of the profession of law
"the legal profession"
allowed by official rules
"a legal pass receiver"
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Relating to the law or to lawyers, as in legal profession.
Having its basis in the law, such as legal precedent.
Being allowed or prescribed by law, such as a legal motion.
Above the age of consent, most often concerning attractive but young adolescent girls.
Origin: From legalis, from lex.
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
according to the law of works, as distinguished from free grace; or resting on works for salvation
according to the old or Mosaic dispensation; in accordance with the law of Moses
governed by the rules of law as distinguished from the rules of equity; as, legal estate; legal assets
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lē′gal, adj. pertaining to, or according to, law: lawful: created by law: (theol.) according to the Mosaic law or dispensation.—n. Lē′galisātion.—v.t. Lē′galise, to make legal or lawful: to authorise: to sanction.—ns. Lē′galism, strict adherence to law: (theol.) the doctrine that salvation depends on strict adherence to the law, as distinguished from the doctrine of salvation by grace: the tendency to observe the letter rather than the spirit of religious law; Lē′galist; Legal′ity.—adv. Lē′gally.—Legal tender, that which can be lawfully used in paying a debt. [Fr.,—L. legalis—lex, legis, law.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'legal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #735
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'legal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1602
Rank popularity for the word 'legal' in Adjectives Frequency: #87
The numerical value of legal in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of legal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
This is relatively new legal ground.
I'm so wrapped up in the legal battle.
Legal scholars call it quasi membership.
I will have a legal representative there.
He just wants his immigrants to be legal.
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Translations for legal
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- legalCatalan, Valencian
- zákonný, právní, legálníCzech
- juristisch, rechtlich, legalGerman
- νόμιμος, νομικόςGreek
- lainmukainen, lakimies-, oikeudellinen, lainopillinen, laki-, juridinen, laillinen, lakisääteinenFinnish
- légal, juridiqueFrench
- lícito, legalGalician
- משפטי, חוקיHebrew
- jogi, törvényesHungarian
- իրավական, օրինականArmenian
- legale, giuridicoItalian
- 法に則った, 法律の, 合法, 法的なJapanese
- 합법적인, 적법한Korean
- legitimus, legalis, legalLatin
- законски, правенMacedonian
- juridisch, recht, wettig, wettelijk, legitiem, legaalDutch
- juridiskNorwegian Nynorsk
- legalny, prawniczy, [[zgodny]] [[z]] [[prawo, prawnyPolish
- juridic, legalRomanian
- правоме́рный, юриди́ческий, лега́льный, зако́нный, правово́й, юридическоеRussian
- ligali, legale, legaliSardinian
- praven, zakonit, pravniškiSlovene
- rättsligt, lagligSwedish
- meşru, yasal, hukuksal, tüzel, adli, hukuki, kanuniTurkish
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