What does legal mean?

Definitions for legal
ˈli gəlle·gal

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word legal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. legaladjective

    established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules

  2. legaladjective

    of or relating to jurisprudence

    "legal loophole"

  3. legal, sound, effectualadjective

    having legal efficacy or force

    "a sound title to the property"

  4. legaladjective

    relating to or characteristic of the profession of law

    "the legal profession"

  5. legaladjective

    allowed by official rules

    "a legal pass receiver"

Wiktionary

  1. legalnoun

    Paper in sheets 8½ in × 14 in (215.9 mm × 355.6 mm).

    Etymology: From legalis, from lex.

  2. legaladjective

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

    Etymology: From legalis, from lex.

  3. legaladjective

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

    Etymology: From legalis, from lex.

  4. legaladjective

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

    Etymology: From legalis, from lex.

  5. legaladjective

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

    Etymology: From legalis, from lex.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Legaladjective

    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. Legaladjective

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

  3. Legaladjective

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

  4. Legaladjective

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Legal

    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. legalislex, legis, law.]

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.

Rap Dictionary

  1. legal

    Thoughts On Stem Cell Research This is a very 'hot button' issue that keeps arising in the face of politicians everywhere in the country. What if anything should the government involve itself in for the issues of stem cell research? How far should the government press into the fields of medical science research? Should the government interfere at all, or stand back and come up with laws to handle the consequences of such research? It comes into question, how many ordinary Americans really know and understand what stem cell research is, how it can effect our lives, and what does it have the ability to do in the future? With topics such as abortion being very hot and causing pressures on all sides, it only seems natural that stem cell research should cause just as much controversy. Many supporters argue that the research gathered will be able to save millions of lives, while those opposing the research all argue that they are killing thousands of innocent children in the process. This brings the question, where do the embryos come from? The majority of the embryos used in the research come from couples that have donated them, following a treatment for infertility; there are often 10 or more embryos left over after such procedures, which can be put to use in the laboratory environment. The options for those embryos are limited; they can be preserved, adopted to a needy couple, destroyed, or donated to medical research. The embryos are only a few mere days past conception when they are frozen, and are unable to sustain life in any form on their own. From a legal standpoint, they are not living humans, and are not an infant since legally an embryo becomes an infant once the first breath of air is taken. This leaves the questions of who has the right to determine what can happen to them. The embryos are the building blocks of people, yet, they have no rights themselves. Whom do they belong to? Who is responsible for ensuring they are taken care of? Many consider the embryos being used in research as the same category as murder. Is it actually murder when the child is never born, and is only conceived in a test tube? Who should really make the decision about how these embryos should be handled? The embryos themselves are rich in stem cells, which scientists have said can help cure some of the worst diseases and conditions in the world. This makes the concept very tempting, but is this dabbling in aspects of science that shouldn't be used? Should humans really be trying to recreate whole body parts and organs from the stem cells in order to help a few, but at the expense of a few other lives? The current administration has tried to place a ban on this research and block the use of the embryos. This has upset many supporters who feel this research is vital to the survival of the human race, while those who digress the ideas are upset that is has not been banned fully yet. Where is the better side to stand? Should we allow the government to meddle into the scientific aspects of medicine, or should we continue the research to save thousands, or millions of lives? Immigration Lawyers In London Divorce Lawyers In London Lawyer In London London Services

Editors Contribution

  1. legal

    Relating to accurate and specific law or legislation.

    The legal professionals were all attentive, focused and just.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 20, 2019  

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of legal in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of legal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of legal in a Sentence

  1. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders:

    The state wants to go forward, they should be able to go forward without legal impediments from the federal government, and that's what this legislation is about, colorado wants to legalize marijuana, it's their decision. If Alabama does not want to legalize marijuana, that's their decision. But if a state wants to go forward, it should be able to do so without impediments from the federal government, which now prevent stores that sell marijuana from using banks, because that's in violation of federal law.

  2. Devin Nunes:

    As somebody who supports our national security apparatus, it bothered me that this level of information would be included in intelligence reports, because it just wasn't necessary, from my point of view -- legal or not.

  3. Lisa Snell:

    As for the teacher licenses, if there are individuals that do not have current legal status or a clear pathway to legal status but have the education and qualifications to teach in New York or any other state they should be approved to teach.

  4. Selahattin Demirtas:

    We will wage a powerful struggle in both the political and legal arena, we will never abandon parliament completely to the AKP. Our seats (in parliament) were obtained by legal means, they were obtained with people's votes.

  5. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

    There is predetermined legal course that this agreement must go through, and it will go through, God willing.

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