- 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.
- 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 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 8½ in × 14 in (215.9 mm × 355.6 mm).
From Latin lēgālis (“legal”), from lēx (“law”).