Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or concerned with law: legal papers.
  • adj. Authorized by or based on law: a legal right.
  • adj. Established by law; statutory: the legal owner.
  • adj. In conformity with or permitted by law: legal business operations.
  • adj. Recognized or enforced by law rather than by equity.
  • adj. In terms of or created by the law: a legal offense.
  • adj. Applicable to or characteristic of attorneys or their profession.
  • n. One that is in accord with certain rules or laws.
  • n. Investments that may be legally made by fiduciaries and certain institutions, such as savings banks and insurance companies. Also called legal list.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to the law or to lawyers, as in legal profession.
  • adj. Having its basis in the law, such as legal precedent.
  • adj. Being allowed or prescribed by law, such as a legal motion.
  • adj. Above the age of consent, most often concerning attractive but young adolescent girls.
  • n. Paper in sheets 8½ in × 14 in (215.9 mm × 355.6 mm).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Created by, permitted by, in conformity with, or relating to, law.
  • adj.
  • adj. According to the law of works, as distinguished from free grace; or resting on works for salvation.
  • adj. According to the old or Mosaic dispensation; in accordance with the law of Moses.
  • adj. Governed by the rules of law as distinguished from the rules of equity

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or relating to law; connected with the law: as, legal doctrines or studies; a legal document or controversy; legal arguments.
  • According or conformable to law; permitted or warranted by the law or laws; lawful; not forbidden by law; having the force of law: as, the action is strictly legal; legal traffic or commerce.
  • Pertaining to the provisions or administration of the law; determined by or in accordance with law; judicial: as, legal proceedings; a legal opinion or decision; a legal standard or test.
  • Amenable to remedy or punishment by law as distinguished from equity: as, legal waste; legal irregularity.
  • Created by law; recognized by law: as, legal incapacity; a legal infant; legal crimes.
  • In theology, according to the Mosaic law or dispensation; according or pertaining to the doctrine of reliance on good works for salvation, as distinguished from that of free grace.
  • Synonyms and Legitimate, etc. (see lawful); legalized, authorized, allowable, just, constitutional.
  • n. In Scots law, same as legal reversion (which see, under I.).

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

  • adj. established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules
  • adj. of or relating to jurisprudence
  • adj. having legal efficacy or force
  • adj. relating to or characteristic of the profession of law
  • adj. allowed by official rules

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin lēgālis, from lēx, lēg-, law; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lēgālis ("legal"), from lēx ("law"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They point out that in the legal sense put forth by the constitution there is no reason to think that a fetus is a *legal* person.

    Ashley’s case and “I’d rather be dead.”

  • Besides, do these illegals really want guest worker programs, or just to get all the benefits of citizenship without going through the legal process like the *legal* immigrants?

    Immigration: Spelling Things Out

  • The present Law Officers of the Crown were rather startled at the intention of departing from the precedent of George IV. 's reign, on seeing the legal opinions of their predecessors; they did not differ from the _legal_ doctrines laid down by them, but were not very well satisfied on the point of discretion and policy.

    The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853 A Selection from her Majesty's correspondence between the years 1837 and 1861

  • The term legal monopoly is avoided because the means used are often illegal or non-legal.

    THE MORAL DIMENSION

  • Instead, the version of the agreement that emerged contained the phrase "legal force"—a broader term that is seen as offering governments more leeway to identify how to curb emissions.

    China, India, U.S. Take Steps Toward Emissions Deal

  • It is important to consider how interpretation, as characterised in subsection 2.2 above, fits into the discussion of the ambit of the term legal reasoning in the opening section of this entry.

    Interpretation and Coherence in Legal Reasoning

  • Article 4, Section 2, (the third paragraph,) the term "legally" was struck out; and the words, "under the laws thereof," inserted after the word "State," in compliance with the wish of some who thought the term legal equivocal, and favoring the idea that SLAVERY was

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • Other countries want to include the phrase "legal outcome," language rejected by EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard as too vague.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • But the EU objected to the late addition of the phrase "legal outcome," which it said would allow countries to wriggle out of commitments.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • It appears to me that the phrase legal translates into a DRM ridden file that is only partially complete, or at best a good sample of what your actually looking for.

    Nails Blog V2.0

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