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legal 1

American English: /ˈliɡəl/
British English: /ˈliːɡ(ə)l/

adjective

  • 1 1.1 (allowed)
    (tackle/move)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (founded upon law)
    (contract/requirement/constraint/rights)
    he is the legal owner
    es el legítimo propietario
    the contract is legal and binding
    el contrato tiene validez legal y es obligatorio para las partes
    she was below the legal age
    no tenía la edad establecida por la ley
    they decided to make their relationship legal
    decidieron legalizar sus relaciones
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (relating to legal system, profession) (before noun)
    (system/adviser/problem)
    (department)
    legal costs
    costas (feminine plural)
    the legal profession
    (lawyers)
    los abogados
    los letrados [formal]
    (professional activity)
    la abogacía
    she entered the legal profession
    se hizo abogada
    she has started legal proceedings against them
    ha procedido (judicialmente) en contra de ellos
    les ha entablado pleito
    to seek legal advice
    consultar a un abogado
    asesorarse con un abogado
    we will be forced to take legal action
    nos veremos obligados a poner el asunto en manos de nuestro(s) abogado(s)
    Example sentences
    • 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.

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legal 2

noun

uncountable
  • (American English) (pliego de aprox 22 × 35.5 cm)

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