An example of legal is the type of action that will be decided by a court.
- 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
- Informal at or above the statutory age at which one may, variously, consent to sexual intercourse, purchase alcoholic beverages, etc.
Origin of legalMiddle 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Acceptable or allowable under official rules: a legal forward pass.
- Slang a. A person who is legally authorized to live and work in a country.b. A person or department providing legal assistance.
- A legal notice, especially an advertisement.
Origin of legalMiddle English from Old French from Latin lēgālis from lēx lēg- law ; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more legal, superlative most legal)
- (US, Canada) Paper in sheets 8Â½ in Ã— 14 in (215.9 mm Ã— 355.6 mm).
From Latin lÄ“gÄlis (“legal"), from lÄ“x (“law").