Definition of legal in English:

legal

Syllabification: le·gal
Pronunciation: /ˈlēɡəl
 
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adjective

1 [attributive] Of, based on, or concerned with the law: the American legal system
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  • Indeed it is good for the legal system to acquit the innocent and convict the guilty.
  • It used to be impossible to prove that the legal system produces wrongful convictions.
  • He says the legal system is becoming increasingly concerned with political life.
1.1Appointed or required by the law: a legal requirement
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  • The other vehicles in its fleet do not meet the legal requirements and in effect should not be allowed on the road.
  • Complaints requiring legal action will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice.
  • Oh sure, it's a legal requirement for someone such as me who is a contractor.
1.2Of or relating to theological legalism.
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  • The Torah comprises the first five books and contains a mixture of narratives and legal texts.
  • Is is legal to work by healing on the Sabbath day?
1.3 Law Recognized by common or statutory law, as distinct from equity.
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  • 26 Women were more likely to turn to equity courts than common law ones for legal resolution.
  • It's crazy to argue that we're ever going to get significant legal change from common law courts.
  • Certainly, the appellant does not bear any moral, as distinct from legal, responsibility for what occurred.
1.4US (Of paper) measuring 8 ½ by 14 inches.
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  • When he saw something of note, he scrawled it on a folded up piece of yellow legal paper he kept in his coat pocket.
  • Sudler handed Mr Cool a sheet of yellow legal paper and sauntered out.
  • The deed was on posh legal paper.
2Permitted by law: he claimed that it had all been legal
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  • In other words, the big killers in Scotland are the legal drugs - tobacco and alcohol.
  • Alcohol is, of course, a legal and socially acceptable drug, even though it may actually be more harmful to the body than some of the illegal drugs.
  • By far the most dangerous drugs are legal, with alcohol and tobacco, accounting for 150,000 deaths every year.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'to do with Mosaic law'): from French, or from Latin legalis, from lex, leg- 'law'. Compare with loyal.

Derivatives

legally

adverb
[sentence adverb]: legally, we’re still very much married
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  • In Victorian times she would legally have had to follow me home, as she would have been my property.
  • When someone disappears you have to wait seven years before legally they can be declared dead.
  • He said the bar often employed four or more doormen every night, more than legally required.

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