legal

[lee-guhl]
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adjective

noun


Origin of legal

1490–1500; < Latin lēgālis of the law, equivalent to lēg- (stem of lēx) law + -ālis -al1
Related formsle·gal·ly, adverbpost·le·gal, adjectivepre·le·gal, adjectivepseu·do·le·gal, adjectivequa·si-le·gal, adjectivequa·si-le·gal·ly, adverbun·le·gal, adjectiveun·le·gal·ly, adverbun·le·gal·ness, noun

Synonyms for legal

3. licit, legitimate, sanctioned.
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Historical Examples of legals

  • "Yeah, the Legals want the Crusader for their propaganda," he said wearily.

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    Lester del Rey

  • Used that, with a bit of my old reputation, to get your Mayor Gannett to give me the same from the Legals.

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    Lester del Rey

  • Pick out any place you want, train them to handle those damned Legals the way Murdoch handled the Stonewall boys.

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    Lester del Rey

  • The Legals simply came boiling down the street, equipped with long pikes with lead-weighted ends.

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  • The Legals had never quite reached the front of the building, obviously, and were now cut into sections.

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British Dictionary definitions for legals

legal

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 Formslegally, adverb

Word Origin for legal

C16: from Latin lēgālis, from lēx law
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Word Origin and History for legals

legal

adj.

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.)).

Sense of "permitted by law" is from 1640s. Related: Legally. The Old French form was leial, loial (see leal, loyal). Legal tender is from 1740.

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