See also: Legal, legał, legâl, and légal

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Borrowed from Latin lēgālis (legal), from lēx (law). Doublet of loyal and leal.

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legal (comparative more legal, superlative most legal)

  1. Relating to the law or to lawyers.
    • 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
      According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.
    legal profession
  2. Having its basis in the law.
    legal precedent
  3. Being allowed or prescribed by law.
    • 2013 August 23, “Waking life”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8850:
      After 50 years, legal segregation is a distant memory, and race in America is not the unbridgeable chasm it once was. The country has a black president. The sort of comity that King evoked, in which the descendants of slaves and of slave owners “sit down together at the table of brotherhood”, can be found in many places, including the Deep South. The rate of marriage between blacks and whites is rising.
    legal motion
  4. Following the rules or syntax of a system, such as a game or a programming language.
    If you have no legal move, but are not in check the game is a draw.
    • 2021, John V. Guttag, Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python, Third Edition, page 7:
      Programming languages are designed so that each legal program has exactly one meaning
  5. (informal) Above the age of consent or the legal drinking age.
  6. (US, Canada) (of paper or document layouts) Measuring 8½ in × 14 in (215.9 mm × 355.6 mm) (also legal-size).

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legal (countable and uncountable, plural legals)

  1. (uncountable, informal) The legal department of a company.
    Legal wants this in writing.
  2. (uncountable, US, Canada) Paper in sheets 8½ in × 14 in (215.9 mm × 355.6 mm).
  3. (countable) A spy who is attached to, and ostensibly employed by, an embassy, military outpost, etc.
  4. (countable, informal, US) Somebody who immigrated lawfully.
    Antonyms: illegal, undocumented

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Borrowed from Latin lēgālis. Compare the inherited doublet lleial.

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legal m or f (masculine and feminine plural legals)

  1. legal
    Antonym: il·legal

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From Spanish legal.

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legál

  1. legal

Danish edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin lēgālis (legal), from lēx (law).

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  • IPA(key): /leɡaːl/, [leˈɡ̊æːˀl]

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legal

  1. legal (something that conforms to or is according to law)
  2. legitimate (conforming to accepted rules)

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Inflection of legal
Positive Comparative Superlative
Indefinte common singular legal 2
Indefinite neuter singular legalt 2
Plural legale 2
Definite attributive1 legale
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

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Borrowed from Latin lēgālis. Compare leal.

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legal m or f (plural legais)

  1. legal (having its basis in the law)
    Antonym: ilegal

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Borrowed from Latin lēgālis (legal), from lēx (law).

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legal (strong nominative masculine singular legaler, not comparable)

  1. legal
    Antonym: illegal

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  • legal” in Duden online
  • legal” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Indonesian edit

Etymology edit

From Dutch legaal (legal), from French légal, from Latin lēgālis.

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  • IPA(key): [ˈlɛɡal]
  • Hyphenation: lè‧gal

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legal

  1. legal, allowed or prescribed by law.

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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin lēgālis (legal), from lēx (law). Compare leal, an inherited doublet.

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  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /lɨˈɡal/ [lɨˈɣaɫ]
    • (Southern Portugal) IPA(key): /lɨˈɡa.li/ [lɨˈɣa.li]

  • Rhymes: (Portugal) -al, (Brazil) -aw
  • Hyphenation: le‧gal

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legal m or f (plural legais, comparable, comparative mais legal, superlative o mais legal or legalíssimo)

  1. legal
    Antonym: ilegal
  2. (Brazil, familiar) cool, nice, good
    Antonym: chato

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For quotations using this term, see Citations:legal.

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Borrowed from French légal, Latin legalis. By surface analysis, lege +‎ -al. Doublet of loial.

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legal m or n (feminine singular legală, masculine plural legali, feminine and neuter plural legale)

  1. legal, lawful
    Synonym: licit
    Antonyms: ilegal, ilicit

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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin lēgālis, from lēx (law). Compare leal, an inherited doublet.

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  • IPA(key): /leˈɡal/ [leˈɣ̞al]
  • Audio (Colombia):(file)
  • Rhymes: -al
  • Syllabification: le‧gal

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legal m or f (masculine and feminine plural legales)

  1. legal, statutory
    Antonym: ilegal
  2. lawful
  3. (colloquial) legit

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Borrowed from Latin legalis.

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legal (not comparable)

  1. legal

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Inflection of legal
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular legal
Neuter singular legalt
Plural legala
Masculine plural3 legale
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 legale
All legala
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic

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Tagalog edit

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Borrowed from Spanish legal.

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  • Hyphenation: le‧gal
  • IPA(key): /leˈɡal/, [lɛˈɣal]

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legál (Baybayin spelling ᜎᜒᜄᜎ᜔)

  1. legal

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Borrowed from French légal, from Latin lēgālis.

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legal

  1. legal (being allowed or prescribed by law)
    Synonym: yasal
    Antonyms: illegal, yasa dışı