- 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 quasi-legal
There was no foundation for this view in positive law, but it appears from time to time in non-legal and quasi-legal writings.
The process by which a god can be born as a man, while continuing to exist as a god, is not described in quasi-legal language.Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)
It was, as a matter of fact, his manner was sort of quasi-legal.Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- 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 quasi-legal
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.)).