Definition of Legal

1. Adjective. Established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules.

2. Adjective. Of or relating to jurisprudence. "Legal loophole"
Partainyms: Law

3. Adjective. Having legal efficacy or force. "A sound title to the property"
Exact synonyms: Effectual, Sound
Similar to: Valid
Derivative terms: Legality

4. Adjective. Relating to or characteristic of the profession of law. "The legal profession"
Partainyms: Law

5. Adjective. Allowed by official rules. "A legal pass receiver"
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Similar to: Eligible

Definition of Legal

1. a. Created by, permitted by, in conformity with, or relating to, law; as, a legal obligation; a legal standard or test; a legal procedure; a legal claim; a legal trade; anything is legal which the laws do not forbid.

Definition of Legal

1. Adjective. Relating to the law or to lawyers, as in ''legal profession''. ¹

2. Adjective. Having its basis in the law, such as ''legal precedent''. ¹

3. Adjective. Being allowed or prescribed by law, such as a ''legal motion''. ¹

4. Adjective. (slang) Above the age of consent, most often concerning attractive but young adolescent girls. ¹

5. Noun. (American English) Paper in sheets 8½ in × 14 in (215.9 mm × 355.6 mm). ¹

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Definition of Legal

1. an authorized investment that may be made by investors such as savings banks [n -S]

Medical Definition of Legal

1. 1. Created by, permitted by, in conformity with, or relating to, law; as, a legal obligation; a legal standard or test; a legal procedure; a legal claim; a legal trade; anything is legal which the laws do not forbid. 2. According to the law of works, as distinguished from free grace; or resting on works for salvation. According to the old or Mosaic dispensation; in accordance with the law of Moses 3. Governed by the rules of law as distinguished from the rules of equity; as, legal estate; legal assets. Legal cap. See Cap. Legal tender. The act of tendering in the performance of a contract or satisfaction of a claim that which the law prescribes or permits, and at such time and place as the law prescribes or permits. That currency, or money, which the law authorises a debtor to tender and requires a creditor to receive. It differs in different countries. Synonym: Lawful, constitutional, legitimate, licit, authorised. See Lawful. Origin: L. Legalis, fr. Lex, legis, law; prob. Orig, that which lies or is fixed (cf. L. Lectus bed), and if so akin to E. Lie, law: cf. F. Legal. Cf. Lie to be prostrate, Loyal, Leal. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Legal Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Legal

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leg work
legacy code
legacy student
legacy system
legacy systems
legal (current term)
legal action
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legal ages
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legal beagle
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legal blindness
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Literary usage of Legal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1903)
"It was legal right, as they understood the term, rather than equal rights with England, that they were contending for. There was however a plain sense in ..."

2. The Cambridge History of English Literature by Adolphus William Ward, Alfred Rayney Waller (1912)
"English legal literature may be said to have had its beginning when, about AD 600, ... They stand unique in legal history . Bede, Hist. Eccles., Bk. u, c. ..."

3. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1845)
"I should think however, that there is no analogy between a legal and an equitable ... To make a legal tenant to the praecipe it is absolutely necessary, ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"legal EDUCATION. Instruction in law schools is given by lectures, ... legal HUNDRED, The, the governing conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church ..."

5. The Law of Torts by Melville Madison Bigelow (1903)
"These legal rights, privileges, lege, and and duties constitute the relations which ... What a citizen may lawfully do is determined by his legal rights and ..."

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