- permitted by law; lawful: Such acts are not legal.
- of or relating to law; connected with the law or its administration: the legal profession.
- appointed, established, or authorized by law; deriving authority from law.
- recognized by law rather than by equity.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the profession of law or of lawyers: a legal mind.
- of or relating to the Mosaic Law.
- of or relating to the doctrine that salvation is gained by good works rather than through free grace.
- a person who acts in a legal manner or with legal authority.
- an alien who has entered a country legally.
- a person whose status is protected by law.
- a fish or game animal, within specified size or weight limitations, that the law allows to be caught and kept during an appropriate season.
- a foreigner who conducts espionage against a host country while working there in a legitimate capacity, often in the diplomatic service.
- legals, authorized investments that may be made by fiduciaries, as savings banks or trustees.
Origin of legal
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Examples from the Web for legals
"Yeah, the Legals want the Crusader for their propaganda," he said wearily.
Used that, with a bit of my old reputation, to get your Mayor Gannett to give me the same from the Legals.
Pick out any place you want, train them to handle those damned Legals the way Murdoch handled the Stonewall boys.
The Legals simply came boiling down the street, equipped with long pikes with lead-weighted ends.
The Legals had never quite reached the front of the building, obviously, and were now cut into sections.
- established by or founded upon law; lawful
- of or relating to law
- recognized, enforceable, or having a remedy at law rather than in equity
- relating to or characteristic of the profession of law
Word Origin and History for legals
mid-15c. "of or pertaining to the law," from Middle French légal or directly from Latin legalis "legal, pertaining to the law," from lex (genitive legis) "law," possibly related to legere "to gather," on notion of "a collection of rules" (see lecture (n.)).