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legal

[ lee-guhl ]
/ ˈli gəl /
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adjective

noun

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Origin of legal

First recorded in 1490–1500; from Latin lēgālis “of the law,” equivalent to lēg- (stem of lēx ) “law” + -ālis adjective suffix; see -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for legal

legal
/ (ˈliːɡəl) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of legal

legally, adverb

Word Origin for legal

C16: from Latin lēgālis, from lēx law
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