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
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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