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legal

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of legal

  1. 1 permitted by law the congressman's fund-raising efforts, though arguably unethical, were determined to be legal Synonyms of legal lawful, legit [slang], legitimate, licit Words Related to legal allowable, authorized, noncriminal, permissible; justifiable, warrantable; constitutional; de jure, regulation, statutory; good, innocent, just, proper, right Near Antonyms of legal bad, corrupt, evil, immoral, iniquitous, reprobate, sinful, wicked, wrong; banned, criminal, forbidden, guilty, impermissible, outlawed, prohibited, unauthorized, unjust; under-the-counter, under-the-table; nonconstitutional, unconstitutional Antonyms of legal illegal, illegitimate, illicit, lawless, unlawful, wrongful

  2. 2 following or according to the rules the referee declared it a legal play Synonyms of legal clean, fair, sportsmanlike, sportsmanlyWords Related to legal just, law-abiding; ethical, moral, principled, scrupulous; honorable, irreproachable, unimpeachableNear Antonyms of legal immoral, unethical, unprincipled, unrighteous, unscrupulous, vicious, wrongAntonyms of legal dirty, foul, nasty, unfair, unsportsmanlike

Synonym Discussion of legal

lawful, legal, legitimate, licit mean being in accordance with law. lawful may apply to conformity with law of any sort (such as natural, divine, common, or canon).
    • the lawful sovereign
legal applies to what is sanctioned by law or in conformity with the law, especially as it is written or administered by the courts.
    • legal residents of the state
legitimate may apply to a legal right or status but also, in extended use, to a right or status supported by tradition, custom, or accepted standards.
    • a perfectly legitimate question about taxes
licit applies to a strict conformity to the provisions of the law and applies especially to what is regulated by law.
    • the licit use of drugs by doctors


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