• WordNet 3.6
    • adj legal allowed by official rules "a legal pass receiver"
    • adj legal established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules
    • adj legal having legal efficacy or force "a sound title to the property"
    • adj legal of or relating to jurisprudence "legal loophole"
    • adj legal relating to or characteristic of the profession of law "the legal profession"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In some town in South Carolina, it is perfectly legal for a man to beat his wife. But only if its on the courthouse steps on Sunday.
    • Legal (Theol) According to the law of works, as distinguished from free grace; or resting on works for salvation.
    • Legal (Theol) According to the old or Mosaic dispensation; in accordance with the law of Moses.
    • Legal Created by, permitted by, in conformity with, or relating to, law; as, a legal obligation; a legal standard or test; a legal procedure; a legal claim; a legal trade; anything is legal which the laws do not forbid.
    • Legal (Law) Governed by the rules of law as distinguished from the rules of equity; as, legal estate; legal assets.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In West Virginia, it is legal for one to take roadkill home for dinner
    • legal Pertaining or relating to law; connected with the law: as, legal doctrines or studies; a legal document or controversy; legal arguments.
    • legal According or conformable to law; permitted or warranted by the law or laws; lawful; not forbidden by law; having the force of law: as, the action is strictly legal; legal traffic or commerce.
    • legal Pertaining to the provisions or administration of the law; determined by or in accordance with law; judicial: as, legal proceedings; a legal opinion or decision; a legal standard or test.
    • legal Amenable to remedy or punishment by law as distinguished from equity: as, legal waste; legal irregularity.
    • legal Created by law; recognized by law: as, legal incapacity; a legal infant; legal crimes.
    • legal In theology, according to the Mosaic law or dispensation; according or pertaining to the doctrine of reliance on good works for salvation, as distinguished from that of free grace.
    • legal Synonyms and Legitimate, etc. (see lawful); legalized, authorized, allowable, just, constitutional.
    • n legal In Scots law, same as legal reversion (which see, under I.).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Prostitution is legal in Canada, however running a brothel is not.
    • adj Legal lē′gal pertaining to, or according to, law: lawful: created by law:
    • adj Legal lē′gal (theol.) according to the Mosaic law or dispensation
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  • H.G. Wells
    “Advertising is legalized lying.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “Only one thing is certain: if pot is legalized, it won't be for our benefit but for the authorities . To have it legalized will also be to lose control of it.”
  • Jeremy P. Johnson
    Jeremy P. Johnson
    “Drugs are reality's legal loopholes.”
  • Herschel Hobbs
    Herschel Hobbs
    “The nine-tenths prove man's love, but the one-tenth tests man's legal obedience.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate.”
  • Franklin P. Jones
    “Anybody who thinks talk is cheap should get some legal advice.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. legalis, fr. lex, legis, law; prob. orig., that which lies or is fixed (cf. L. lectus, bed), and if so akin to E. lie, law,: cf. F. légal,. Cf. Lie to be prostrate, Loyal Leal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. legalislex, legis, law.


In literature:

That legal Latin maxim, "Let the buyer beware," is a legal fiction.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Florence could deal with the man, but would not so long as he was legally a part of the Church.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
The third man, Alvitre, was hanged legally on January 12, 1855.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
The North would claim that there cannot be such a thing as a legal status, a legal condition of slavery.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
This organization had really no legal standing; in form it was revolutionary.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
He assigned as a reason for not having adopted legal means to compel the fulfillment of the contract, his fear of driving Astraea to extremities.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
It might be legal, but there was something unreal, unstable about it, and who need know?
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Therefore each must stand upon his legal rights.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Marriage, as a legalized custom, is of very ancient origin.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
He alone has any legal rights over them.
"The Subjection of Women" by John Stuart Mill

In poetry:

"Come down, Zaccheus, quickly come,
Salvation's brought unto thy home:
In vain thou climb'st the legal tree;
Salvation freely comes to thee.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
The legal trumpet war proclaims,
In wrathful threats, and fire, and flames:
The gospel-pipe a peaceful sound,
Which spreads a kindly breath around.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
The natur of this Court
My hindignation riles:
A few fat legal spiders
Here set spin their viles;
To rob the town theyr privlege is,
In a hayrea of twelve miles.
"Jacob Homnium’s Hoss" by William Makepeace Thackeray
'Twas then that he said: "It is plain to my mind
This property's ownerless—how can I find
The cursedest rascal in all of the State?"
So he took it himself, which was legal and straight.
"The Legatee" by Ambrose Bierce
In my domains there is no sin,
Virtue is rampant all the time,
Since I so thoughtfully brought in
A bill which legalizes crime;
Committing things that are not wrong
Must pall before so very long.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
’Twas drink and nag—or nag and drink—whichever you prefer—
Till at last she couldn’t stand him any more than he could her.
Friends and relatives assisted, telling her (with motives pure)
That a legal separation was the only earthly cure.
"The Secret Whisky Cure" by Henry Lawson

In news:

The legal dramas for the executors of Michael Jackson 's are continuing to mount after the theater production company Nederlander Presentations filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the group on Friday afternoon.
Kate may take legal action against 'hacking' claims.
Women in the Law 2012 honorees exemplify state's breadth , depth of legal talent.
A film featuring Charlie Sheen 's retired porn star girlfriend, Bree Olson, is facing a legal hurdle before it even begins to shoot, with a former producer suing another producer for $15,000.
During his time in the Clinton administration, Breuer was often called "the other Lanny," a reference to political strategist Lanny Davis, the much more vocal member of Clinton's legal team.
The latest big decision in the legal war on terror is not much different from so many others than have come down since Sept 11, 2001.
This morning's legal lesson, courtesy of Stacey King.
This is the Brill Legal Group's fourth office, joining other offices in Manhattan and Hempstead.
Legal-Mal Links provides the latest legal malpractice news from around the web.
TWO legal experts believe a Manitoba judge at the centre of a sex scandal is the victim in the entire affair and shouldn't have her legal credentials up for debate.
The Legal Community Calendar is maintained at the Colorado Bar Association as a service to the legal community to inform and to avoid, as much as possible, conflicts among events.
NYCLA's Annual Dinner Celebrates Legal Compliance And Honors Two Women Pioneers In The Legal Community .
Legal- Mal Links provides the latest legal malpractice news from around the web.
The Making of Modern Law --a fully searchable database of full-text Anglo-American legal treatises that cover the period of legal development during the 19th century (currently available).
But with few exceptions, and for a variety of practical and legal reasons, term-paper mills have mostly managed to stay out of legal trouble, says Stetson University School of Law Dean Darby Dickerson.

In science:

If necessary an exact value of te , which will be sufficient for a legality of the replacement mentioned above, may be estimated.
Exactly solvable models of quantum mechanics including fluctuations in the framework of representation of the wave function by random process
The proof is performed formally under the assumption that all the manipulations are legal.
Exactly solvable models of quantum mechanics including fluctuations in the framework of representation of the wave function by random process
We then perform this first legal fold, thus reducing the length of S .
When Can You Fold a Map?
Set sn = kxn+1k − kxn k and note that always Esn ≥ 0 since the legal directions of travel span an arc not containing the origin.
Random walks that avoid their past convex hull
The answer, of course, depends on how we specify the following parameters: 1. the possible states, 2. the legal throws from a given state and 3. the probability of making each legal throw.
Juggling probabilities