Simple Definition of legal
: of or relating to the law
: based on the law
: allowed by the law or by the rules in a game
Full Definition of legal
1 : of or relating to law
2 a : deriving authority from or founded on law : de jure b : having a formal status derived from law often without a basis in actual fact : titular <a corporation is a legal but not a real person> c : established by law; especially : statutory
3 : conforming to or permitted by law or established rules
4 : recognized or made effective by a court of law as distinguished from a court of equity
5 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of the profession of law or of one of its members
6 : created by the constructions of the law <a legal fiction>
Examples of legal in a sentence
She has a lot of legal problems.
Do you know your legal rights?
The amount of alcohol in his blood exceeded the legal limit.
What you did was not legal.
“Is it legal to fish in this river?” “Yes, it's perfectly legal.”
The referee said it was a legal play.
Origin of legal
Anglo-French, from Latin legalis, from leg-, lex law
First Known Use: circa 1500
Synonym Discussion of legal
Definition of legal
: one that conforms to rules or the law
First Known Use of legal
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Definition of legal for Students
1 : of or relating to law or lawyers <legal books>
2 : based on law <a legal right>
3 : allowed by law or rules <legal conduct> <a legal play in a game>
Legal Definition of legal
1 : of or relating to law or the processes of law <a legal question> <take legal action>
2a : deriving authority from or founded on law <a legal tariff rate> <a legal government> b : fulfilling the requirements of law <a legal voter> c : having a status derived from law : recognized as such by law <a legal certainty> d : created by operation of esp. statutory law <legal incompetence> <a legal presumption> — compare conventional 1, judicial 2 e : established by law <the legal test for mental capacity>
3 : conforming to or permitted by law : lawful <a referendum to make gambling legal>
4 : recognized or made effective under principles of law as distinguished from principles of equity : deriving from or existing or valid in law as distinguished from equity — see also equity — compare equitable
5a : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of the profession of law or one of its members <a corporate legal department> <the legal community> b : of or relating to the study of law <continuing legal education>
Origin of legal
Latin legalis, from leg- lex law
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