Definition of legal in English:

legal

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Pronunciation: /ˈliːg(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 1 [attributive] Relating to the law: the European legal system
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    • This was no doubt the expensive legal advice it was given.
    • Texas's public defence system which provides legal advice for those who can't afford it, is notorious for its abysmal standards.
    • He declined to name them but said he advised the officials to seek legal advice and to speak with their insurers.
  • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 1.2 Law Recognized by common or statute 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.
  • 1.3Relating 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?
  • 3US Denoting a size of paper that measures 22 × 35.5 cm (8.5 × 14 inches): a yellow legal pad
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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.

Derivatives

legally

adverb
a legally binding contract 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.

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.

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