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This page has 22 definitions of legal with English translations in 10 languages. Legal is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use legal in a sentence are shown. Also define these 28 related words and terms: law, lawyer, basis, allow, prescribe, age of consent, drinking age, paper, document, inch, millimetre, legal-size, spy, embassy, military, outpost, illegal, undocumented, legal, il·legal, legitimate, cool, nice, good, lawful, statutory, ilegal, and legit.

See also: Legal, légal, and legâl

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin lēgālis (legal), from lēx (law). Doublet of loyal and leal.

Pronunciation

Adjective

legal (comparative more legal, superlative most legal)

  1. Relating to the law or to lawyers.
    • 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
      According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.
    legal profession
  2. Having its basis in the law.
    legal precedent
  3. Being allowed or prescribed by law.
    • 2013 August 23, “Waking life”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8850:
      After 50 years, legal segregation is a distant memory, and race in America is not the unbridgeable chasm it once was. The country has a black president. The sort of comity that King evoked, in which the descendants of slaves and of slave owners “sit down together at the table of brotherhood”, can be found in many places, including the Deep South. The rate of marriage between blacks and whites is rising.
    legal motion
  4. (informal) Above the age of consent or the legal drinking age.
  5. (US, Canada) (of paper or document layouts) Measuring 8½ in × 14 in (215.9 mm × 355.6 mm) (also legal-size).
    • Document definition
      An original or official paper used as the basis, proof, or support of anything else, including any writing, book, or other instrument conveying information pertinent to such proof or support. (1 of 5 document definitions)
    • Millimetre definition
      An SI/MKS unit of measure, the length of 1000 of a metre. Symbol: mm
    • Legal-Size definition
      Of paper: in sheets measuring 8.5 × 14 inches (215.9 × 355.6 mm).

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Noun

legal (countable and uncountable, plural legals)

  1. (uncountable, informal) The legal department of a company.
    Legal wants this in writing.
  2. (uncountable, US, Canada) Paper in sheets 8½ in × 14 in (215.9 mm × 355.6 mm).
  3. (countable) A spy who is attached to, and ostensibly employed by, an embassy, military outpost, etc.
    • Spy definition
      A person who secretly watches and examines the actions of other individuals or organizations and gathers information on them (usually to gain an advantage).
  4. (countable, informal, US) Somebody who immigrated lawfully.
    Antonyms: illegal, undocumented

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Catalan

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin lēgālis. Compare the inherited doublet lleial.

Pronunciation

Adjective

legal (masculine and feminine plural legals)

  1. legal
    Antonym: il·legal
    • Il·legal definition
      illegal

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Danish

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin lēgālis (legal), from lēx (law).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /leɡaːl/, [leˈɡ̊æːˀl]

Adjective

legal

  1. legal (something that conforms to or is according to law)
  2. legitimate (conforming to accepted rules)

Inflection

Inflection of legal
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular legal 2
Neuter singular legalt 2
Plural legale 2
Definite attributive1 legale
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

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Galician

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin lēgālis. Compare leal.

Adjective

legal m or f (plural legais)

  1. legal (having its basis in the law)

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German

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin lēgālis (legal), from lēx (law).

Pronunciation

Adjective

legal (not comparable)

  1. legal

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Further reading

  • legal” in Duden online

Indonesian

Etymology

From Dutch legaal (legal), from French légal, from Latin lēgālis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈlɛɡal]
  • Hyphenation: lè‧gal

Adjective

legal

  1. legal, allowed or prescribed by law.

Derived terms

  • melegalkan
 

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Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin lēgālis (legal), from lēx (law). Compare leal, an inherited doublet.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): (Brazil) /leˈɡaw/, [leˈɡaʊ̯]
  • IPA(key): (Portugal) /lɨˈɡal/, [lɨˈɣaɫ]

  • Hyphenation: le‧gal
  • Rhymes: -al, -aw

Adjective

legal m or f (plural legais, comparable)

  1. legal
  2. (Brazil, familiar) cool, nice, good

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Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from French légal, Latin legalis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

legal m or n (feminine singular legală, masculine plural legali, feminine and neuter plural legale)

  1. legal, lawful
    • Lawful definition
      Conforming to, or recognised by the laws of society. (1 of 2 lawful definitions)

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Spanish

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin lēgālis, from lēx (law). Compare leal, an inherited doublet.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /leˈɡal/, [leˈɣ̞al]

Adjective

legal (plural legales)

  1. legal, statutory
    Antonym: ilegal
    • Ilegal definition
      illegal
  2. lawful
  3. (colloquial) legit

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Swedish

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin legalis.

Adjective

legal (not comparable)

  1. legal

Declension

Inflection of legal
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular legal
Neuter singular legalt
Plural legala
Masculine plural3 legale
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 legale
All legala
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic

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