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1. Of, relating to, or concerned with law: legal papers.
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.
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.


1. (Law) established by or founded upon law; lawful
2. (Law) of or relating to law
3. (Law) recognized, enforceable, or having a remedy at law rather than in equity
4. (Law) relating to or characteristic of the profession of law
[C16: from Latin lēgālis, from lēx law]
ˈlegally adv


(ˈli gəl)

1. permitted by law; lawful: Such acts are not legal.
2. of or pertaining to law; connected with the law or its administration: the legal profession.
3. appointed, established, or authorized by law; deriving authority from law.
4. recognized by law rather than by equity.
5. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the profession of law or of lawyers: a legal mind.
6. a person who acts in a legal manner or with legal authority.
7. a person whose status is protected by or in accordance with law.
8. legals, authorized investments that may be made by fiduciaries, as savings banks or trustees.
[1490–1500; < Latin lēgālis of the law =lēg-, s. of lēx law + -ālis -al1]
le′gal•ly, adv.


1. 'legal' and 'lawful'

Legal and lawful both mean 'allowed by law'. Lawful is a formal word.

A breath test showed he had drunk more than twice the legal limit for driving.
Capital punishment is legal in many countries.
Hunting is a lawful activity.
All his activities had been perfectly lawful.
2. 'legitimate'

Legitimate means 'correct or acceptable according to a law or rule'.

...a legitimate business transaction.

Legitimate can also mean 'justifiable under the circumstances'.

Religious leaders have a legitimate reason to be concerned.

If someone is legitimate, their parents were married at the time they were born.

...evidence that he was his father's legitimate son.
3. another meaning of 'legal'

Legal also means 'relating to the law'. You cannot use lawful or legitimate with this meaning.

...the British legal system. language.
4. 'law' in front of nouns

You use law, not 'legal', in front of a noun when you are talking about someone or something connected with the study of law.

...a law student.
He had only just received his law degree.

Law also appears in the names of some places and institutions connected with the law.

...the Law Courts.
...the Law Society.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules
lawful - conformable to or allowed by law; "lawful methods of dissent"
legitimate - of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
illegal - prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move" - of or relating to jurisprudence; "legal loophole" - having legal efficacy or force; "a sound title to the property"
valid - well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force; "a valid inference"; "a valid argument"; "a valid contract" - relating to or characteristic of the profession of law; "the legal profession" - allowed by official rules; "a legal pass receiver"
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
eligible - qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen; "eligible to run for office"; "eligible for retirement benefits"; "an eligible bachelor"



Within, allowed by, or sanctioned by the law:
Slang: legit.
laga-, lögfræîi-löglegur
atitinkantis įstatymąįstatymo leidžiamasįteisintilegaliailegalizuoti
juridiskslegāls, likumīgstieslietu-
yasalyasalarla ilgiliyasaya uygunkanunî
hợp pháp


1. (= judicial) [error] → judicial; [document] → legal; [firm] → de abogados; [question, matter] → legal, jurídico
to take legal actionponer una denuncia
to take legal action against sbponer una denuncia a algn, presentar una demanda (judicial) contra algn
to take legal adviceconsultar a un abogado
legal adviserasesor(a) m/f jurídico/a
legal battlecontienda f judicial or legal, pleito m
legal costs or feescostas fpl, gastos mpl judiciales
legal department (of bank, company) → departamento m jurídico
to be above or over the legal limitestar por encima del límite permitido por ley
to be below or under the legal limitestar por debajo del límite permitido por ley
legal loopholelaguna f en la legislación, resquicio m legal
legal proceedingsprocedimiento m jurídico, pleito m
to start or initiate legal proceedings against sbentablar un pleito contra algn
the legal processel proceso judicial or jurídico
the legal professionla abogacía
to enter the legal professionhacerse abogado
they were allowed no legal representationno les permitieron que un abogado les representara
2. (= lawful) [activity, action] → legal, legítimo; [owner] → legítimo; (= under the law) [right, protection] → legal
to be legal to do sthser legal hacer algo
to have the legal authority to do sthtener la autoridad or el poder legal para hacer algo
to make sth legallegalizar algo
they decided to make it legal (= get married) → decidieron formalizar or legalizar su relación
B. CPD legal aid Nasistencia f de un abogado de oficio
legal holiday N (US) → fiesta f oficial, día m festivo oficial, (día m) feriado m (LAm)
legal system Nsistema m jurídico
legal tender N (Fin) → moneda f de curso legal


[ˈliːgəl] adj
(= permitted by law) [action, situation] → légal(e)
What I did was perfectly legal → Ce que j'ai fait était parfaitement légal.
the legal alcohol limit → la limite légale d'alcoolémie
drivers who are over the legal limit of alcohol → les conducteurs qui dépassent la limite légale d'alcoolémie
(relating to the legal system) [team, counsel] → juridique; [issue, matter, question] → juridique; [case] → judiciaire
a legal battle → une bataille juridique
The legal battle is likely to be long → La bataille juridique sera probablement longue.
to take legal action → aller en justice, intenter une action judiciaire
I'm ready to take legal action to protect my rights → Je suis prêt à aller en justice pour défendre mes droits., Je suis prêt à intenter une action judiciaire pour défendre mes droits.
to take legal action against sb → poursuivre qn en justice, intenter une action judiciaire contre qn
to take legal advice → obtenir un avis juridiquelegal adviser nconseiller/ère m/f juridiquelegal aid naide f juridique, aide f judiciairelegal costs nplfrais mpl de justicelegal currency nmonnaie f légalelegal department n [bank, firm] → service m du contentieuxlegal fees nplfrais mpl de justicelegal holiday (US) njour m férié


(= lawful)legal, rechtlich zulässig; (= according to the law) restrictions, obligation, limitgesetzlich; (= allowed by law) fare, speedzulässig; (= valid before law) will, purchaserechtsgültig; to become legalrechtskräftig werden; to make something legaletw legalisieren; the legal age for marriagedas gesetzliche Heiratsalter, die Ehemündigkeit; it is not legal to sell drink to childrenes ist gesetzlich verboten, Alkohol an Kinder zu verkaufen; legal limit (of blood alcohol when driving)Promillegrenze f; legal claimrechtmäßiger Anspruch, Rechtsanspruch m; legal document or instrument(rechtskräftige) Urkunde; legal rightsgesetzlich verankerte Rechte pl; they don’t know what their legal rights aresie kennen ihre eigenen Rechte nicht; the legal custody of the childrendas Sorgerecht für die Kinder; women had no legal statusFrauen waren nicht rechtsfähig; he made legal provision for his ex-wifeer hat die Versorgung seiner geschiedenen Frau rechtlich geregelt
(= relating to the law)Rechts-; matters, affairsjuristisch, rechtlich; advice, services, journal, mindjuristisch; decisionrichterlich; inquiry, investigationgerichtlich; from a legal point of viewaus juristischer Sicht, rechtlich gesehen; for legal reasonsaus rechtlichen Gründen; what’s his legal position?wie ist seine rechtliche Stellung?; legal charges or fees or costs (solicitor’s) → Anwaltskosten pl; (court’s) → Gerichtskosten pl; to take legal advice on or over or about somethingin Bezug auf etw (acc)juristischen Rat einholen; to start legal proceedings against somebodygegen jdn Klage erheben, jdn verklagen; legal opinion is that …die Anwälte sind der Meinung, dass …; legal loopholeGesetzeslücke f; the British legal systemdas britische Rechtssystem; the legal professionder Anwaltsstand, die Anwaltschaft; (including judges) → die Juristenschaft; legal representationRechtsvertretung f; legal representativegesetzlicher Vertreter; (= counsel)(Rechts)anwalt m, → (Rechts)anwältin f, → Verteidiger(in) m(f)


legal action
nKlage f; to take legal against somebodygegen jdn Klage erheben, jdn verklagen
legal adviser
nRechtsberater(in) m(f)
legal aid
nRechtshilfe f
legal department
nRechtsabteilung f, → juristische Abteilung
legal eagle
n (hum inf)Rechtsverdreher(in) m(f) (hum inf)
legal entity


legal offence, (US) legal offense
nstrafbare Handlung; drug-peddling is a legalder Handel mit Drogen ist strafbar
legal practitioner
legal protection
nRechtsschutz m
legal separation
legal successor
nRechtsnachfolger(in) m(f)
legal tender


[ˈliːgl] adj
a. (lawful) → legale; (requirement) → di legge
these coins are no longer legal currency → queste monete sono fuori corso
b. (relating to the law, gen) → legale; (error) → giudiziario/a
as a member of the legal profession → come legale
to take legal action or proceedings against sb → intentare un'azione legale contro qn, far causa a qn
legal department (of a firm) → ufficio legale, contenzioso
legal aid → assistenza legale gratuita, patrocinio legale gratuito


(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.


قَانُونِيٌّ právní juridisk legal νόμιμος legal laillinen légal pravni legale 合法的な 합법적인 juridisch lovlig prawny legal юридический juridisk ที่ถูกกฎหมาย yasal hợp pháp 法定的


a. legal, legítimo-a, de acuerdo con la ley;
___ blindnessceguera ___;
___ medicine, forensic medicinemedicina ___;
___ suitlitigio, demanda, pleito.
References in classic literature ?
During one of her play hours she wrote out the important document as well as she could, with some help from Esther as to certain legal terms, and when the good-natured Frenchwoman had signed her name, Amy felt relieved and laid it by to show Laurie, whom she wanted as a second witness.
He is legal counsel for one of the great Western railways, and is sometimes away from his New York office for weeks together.
There was some legal trouble, I believe, something about the heirs and coheirs; anyhow, the place has been empty for years.
Of their legal tenure there could be no question; but old Matthew Maule, it is to be feared, trode downward from his own age to a far later one, planting a heavy footstep, all the way, on the conscience of a Pyncheon.
It could have betokened nothing short of the anticipated execution of some rioted culprit, on whom the sentence of a legal tribunal had but confirmed the verdict of public sentiment.
Having impulsively, it is probable, and perhaps somewhat prematurely revealed the prime but private purpose of the Pequod's voyage, Ahab was now entirely conscious that, in so doing, he had indirectly laid himself open to the unanswerable charge of usurpation; and with perfect impunity, both moral and legal, his crew if so disposed, and to that end competent, could refuse all further obedience to him, and even violently wrest from him the command.
Thank you, sir," said Jerry, "but I have only taken out a six-days' license,* and therefore I could not take a fare on a Sunday; it would not be legal.
It was hard to tell, with all this strange legal jargon, words he had never heard before; but was not this plain--"the party of the first part hereby covenants and agrees to rent to the said party of the second part
After the birth of little Harry, however, she had gradually become tranquillized and settled; and every bleeding tie and throbbing nerve, once more entwined with that little life, seemed to become sound and healthful, and Eliza was a happy woman up to the time that her husband was rudely torn from his kind employer, and brought under the iron sway of his legal owner.
With Scotch patience and pluck he resolved to live down his reputation and work his way into the legal field yet.
DOUGLASS states that in neither of these instances was any thing done by way of legal arrest or judicial investigation.
As to the circumstances of her birth, though in a legal sense she may be called Nobody, it will not hold in common sense.