Definitions for: Legal


[adj] (sports) allowed by official rules; "a legal pass receiver"
[adj] established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules
[adj] having legal efficacy or force; "a sound title to the property"
[adj] of or relating to jurisprudence; "legal loophole"
[adj] relating to or characteristic of the profession of law; "the legal profession"



Webster (1913) Definition: Le"gal (l[=e]"gal), a. [L. legalis, fr. lex, legis, law;
prob. orig., that which lies or is fixed (cf. L. lectus bed),
and if so akin to E. lie, law: cf. F. l['e]gal. Cf. Lie to
be prostrate, Loyal, Leal.]
1. Created by, permitted by, in conformity with, or relating
to, law; as, a legal obligation; a legal standard or test;
a legal procedure; a legal claim; a legal trade; anything
is legal which the laws do not forbid.

2. (Theol.)
(a) According to the law of works, as distinguished from
free grace; or resting on works for salvation.
(b) According to the old or Mosaic dispensation; in
accordance with the law of Moses.

3. (Law) Governed by the rules of law as distinguished from
the rules of equity; as, legal estate; legal assets.
--Bouvier. --Burrill.

Legal cap. See under Cap.

Legal tender.
(a) The act of tendering in the performance of a contract
or satisfaction of a claim that which the law
prescribes or permits, and at such time and place as
the law prescribes or permits.
(b) That currency, or money, which the law authorizes a
debtor to tender and requires a creditor to receive.
It differs in different countries.

Syn: Lawful; constitutional; legitimate; licit; authorized.
See Lawful.

Synonyms: eligible, ineligible, judicial, jural, juristic, lawful, legitimate, licit, ratified, sanctioned, sound, statutory, sub judice, valid

Antonyms: illegal

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