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legal

[lee-guh l] /ˈli gəl/
adjective
1.
permitted by law; lawful:
Such acts are not legal.
2.
of or pertaining to law; connected with the law or its administration:
the legal profession.
3.
appointed, established, or authorized by law; deriving authority from law.
4.
recognized by law rather than by equity.
5.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the profession of law or of lawyers:
a legal mind.
6.
Theology.
  1. of or pertaining to the Mosaic Law.
  2. of or pertaining to the doctrine that salvation is gained by good works rather than through free grace.
noun
7.
a person who acts in a legal manner or with legal authority.
8.
an alien who has entered a country legally.
9.
a person whose status is protected by law.
10.
a fish or game animal, within specified size or weight limitations, that the law allows to be caught and kept during an appropriate season.
11.
a foreigner who conducts espionage against a host country while working there in a legitimate capacity, often in the diplomatic service.
12.
legals, authorized investments that may be made by fiduciaries, as savings banks or trustees.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; < Latin lēgālis of the law, equivalent to lēg- (stem of lēx) law + -ālis -al1
Related forms
legally, adverb
postlegal, adjective
prelegal, adjective
pseudolegal, adjective
quasi-legal, adjective
quasi-legally, adverb
unlegal, adjective
unlegally, adverb
unlegalness, noun
Synonyms
3. licit, legitimate, sanctioned.
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legal

/ˈliːɡəl/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
legally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin lēgālis, from lēx law
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Word Origin and History for postlegal

legal

adj.

mid-15c. "of or pertaining to the law," from Middle French légal or directly from Latin legalis "legal, pertaining to the law," from lex (genitive legis) "law," possibly related to legere "to gather," on notion of "a collection of rules" (see lecture (n.)).

Sense of "permitted by law" is from 1640s. Related: Legally. The Old French form was leial, loial (see leal, loyal). Legal tender is from 1740.

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