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le·gal

 (lē′gəl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or concerned with law: legal papers.
2.
a. Established or recognized by law: a legal right.
b. Authorized by law: the legal owner.
c. Established legally other than by statute, as by a judicial opinion: a legal authority.
3. In conformity with or permitted by law: legal business operations.
4. Recognized or enforced by law rather than by equity.
5. In terms of or created by the law: a legal offense.
6. Applicable to or characteristic of attorneys or their profession.
7. Acceptable or allowable under official rules: a legal forward pass.
n.
1. Slang
a. A person who is legally authorized to live and work in a country.
b. A person or department providing legal assistance.
2. A legal notice, especially an advertisement.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin lēgālis, from lēx, lēg-, law; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

le′gal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.legally - by law; conforming to the law; "we are lawfully wedded now"
2.legally - in a legal manner; "he acted legally"
Translations
قانونيّا
legálně
juridisktlovligt
löglega
legálne
zakonito
kanunenyasal olarak

legally

[ˈliːgəlɪ] ADV
1. (= from a legal point of view) [obliged, required] → por ley; [entitled] → legalmente, según la ley
legally, the whole issue is a nightmaredesde el punto de vista legal, toda esa cuestión es una pesadilla
this contract is legally bindingel contrato vincula jurídicamente, el contrato implica obligatoriedad jurídica
to be legally responsible for sth/sbser legalmente responsable or el/la responsable legal de algo/algn
2. (= lawfully) → legalmente
their wealth was legally acquiredconsiguieron su riqueza por medios legales or legalmente

legally

[ˈliːgəli] adv
[act, marry] → légalement
(in the eyes of the law) [responsible, liable] → juridiquement, légalement; [enforceable] → juridiquement
These standards need to be legally enforceable → Ces normes doivent être juridiquement applicables.
legally binding → juridiquement contraignant(e)
to be legally entitled to do sth → être légalement autorisé à faire qch
(by lawyers) to be legally represented (during trial)être représenté par un avocatlegal offence ninfraction f à la loilegal opinion navis m juridiquelegal proceedings nplpoursuites fpl
to start legal proceedings against sb → entamer des poursuites contre qnlegal profession n
the legal profession (= lawyers) → les juristes mfpllegal system nsystème m juridiquelegal tender n
to be legal tender → avoir cours légal
Those coins are no longer legal tender → Ces pièces n'ont plus cours légal.

legally

adv (= lawfully) transacted, acquire, tradelegal; marriedrechtmäßig; guaranteed, obliged, set downgesetzlich; (= relating to the law) advisejuristisch; indefensiblerechtlich; what’s the position legally?wie ist die Lage rechtlich gesehen?; legally, there was no objectionrechtlich or juristisch (gesehen) gab es keine Einwände; legally speakingvom rechtlichen Standpunkt aus, juristisch gesehen; it’s wrong — legally or morally?es ist nicht richtig — aus rechtlicher oder moralischer Sicht?; legally responsiblevor dem Gesetz verantwortlich; to be legally entitled to somethingeinen Rechtsanspruch auf etw (acc)haben; legally bindingrechtsverbindlich; legally, he can only stay for 3 monthslegal(erweise) kann er nur 3 Monate bleiben; legally validrechtsgültig; this herbicide can still be legally solddieses Herbizid kann immer noch legal gehandelt werden

legally

[ˈliːgəlɪ] advlegalmente
to be legally binding → essere (legalmente) vincolante

legal

(ˈliːgəl) adjective
1. lawful; allowed by the law. Is it legal to bring gold watches into the country?; a legal contract.
2. concerned with or used in the law. the legal profession.
ˈlegally adverb
leˈgality (-ˈgӕ-) noun
ˈlegalize, ˈlegalise verb
to make legal or lawful.
References in classic literature ?
Lake George, as it is vulgarly, and now, indeed, legally, called, forms a sort of tail to Lake Champlain, when viewed on the map.
Clare, and I am legally entitled to manage them my own way.
Up to that moment he, like many other persons, had been absolutely ignorant that a man's marriage is, legally as well as socially, considered to be the most important event in his life; that it destroys the validity of any will which he may have made as a single man; and that it renders absolutely necessary the entire re-assertion of his tes tamentary intentions in the characte r of a husband.
Now that I was left wholly to myself, I gave notice of my intention to quit the chambers in the Temple as soon as my tenancy could legally determine, and in the meanwhile to underlet them.
Every halfpenny I possess is stolen money; but it has been stolen legally, and, what is of some practical importance to you, I have no means of restoring it to the rightful owners even if I felt inclined to.
It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever has been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice, and the general reason of mankind.
Also, to add to the absurd humor of the situation, Judge Stephen, of the High Court of Justice, spoke the final word that compelled the telephone legally to be a telegraph, and sustained his opinion by a quotation from Webster's Dictionary, which was published twenty years before the telephone was invented.
It follows from these views that no State upon its own mere motion can lawfully get out of the Union; that Resolves and Ordinances to that effect are legally void; and that acts of violence, within any State or States, against the authority of the United States, are insurrectionary or revolutionary, according to circumstances.
Usurpation may rear its crest in each State, and trample upon the liberties of the people, while the national government could legally do nothing more than behold its encroachments with indignation and regret.
An alien, therefore, legally incapacitated for certain rights in the latter, may, by previous residence only in the former, elude his incapacity; and thus the law of one State be preposterously rendered paramount to the law of another, within the jurisdiction of the other.
This the director refused, as the matter concerned the London office, which alone could legally deliver the warrant.
Now I cannot be sure of the approbation or disapprobation of a client who cannot speak, and as the object of his desire or his repugnance cannot be clearly proved to me, on account of his want of speech, my services here would be quite useless, and cannot be legally exercised.