|1.||established by or founded upon law; lawful|
|2.||of or relating to law|
|3.||recognized, enforceable, or having a remedy at law rather than in equity|
|4.||relating to or characteristic of the profession of law|
|[C16: from Latin lēgālis, from lēx law]|
legaladj. 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.