le·​gal·​ly | \ ˈlē-gə-lē How to pronounce legally (audio) \

Definition of legally

1 : in a legal manner : in accordance with the law a transfer that was not done legally a drug that can now be legally bought and sold in many countries
2 : from the point of view of law Legally, she had no claim to the estate. They were not legally obligated to provide assistance. a person who is legally blind [=who is blind according to the legal definition of blindness] legally drunk [=drunk according to the legal definition of drunkenness]

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First Known Use of legally

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of legally was in 1581

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“Legally.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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