- The definition of legal is something connected to law or a government’s system of rules.
An example of legal is the type of action that will be decided by a court.
legal definition by Webster's New World
- of, created by, based upon, or authorized by law
- in conformity with the positive rules of law; permitted by law: a legal act
- that can be enforced in a court of law: legal rights
- of or applicable to lawyers: legal ethics
- in terms of the law: a legal offense
- of the Mosaic law
- of the doctrine of salvation by good works rather than free grace
Origin: Middle French légal ; from Classical Latin legalis ; from lex (gen. legis), law, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form le-, to collect from source Classical Latin legere, Classical Greek legein, to collect
- legally adverb
legal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of, relating to, or concerned with law: legal papers.
- a. Authorized by or based on law: a legal right.b. Established by law; statutory: the legal owner.
- In conformity with or permitted by law: legal business operations.
- Recognized or enforced by law rather than by equity.
- In terms of or created by the law: a legal offense.
- Applicable to or characteristic of attorneys or their profession.
- One that is in accord with certain rules or laws.
- legals Investments that may be legally made by fiduciaries and certain institutions, such as savings banks and insurance companies. Also called legal list.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin lēgālis, from lēx, lēg-, law; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
- leˈgal·ly adverb