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Meaning of LEGAL

Pronunciation:  'leegul

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

LEGAL is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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}.

Computing Dictionary

Loosely used to mean "in accordance with all the relevant rules", especially in connection with some set of constraints defined by software. "The older =+ alternate for += is no longer legal syntax in ANSI C." "This parser processes each line of legal input the moment it sees the trailing linefeed." Hackers often model their work as a sort of game played with the environment in which the objective is to maneuver through the thicket of "natural laws" to achieve a desired objective. Their use of "legal" is flavoured as much by this game-playing sense as by the more conventional one having to do with courts and lawyers. Compare language lawyer, legalese.

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