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 Dictionary entry overview: What does legal mean? 

LEGAL (adjective)
  The adjective LEGAL has 5 senses:

1. established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules
2. of or relating to jurisprudence
3. having legal efficacy or force
4. relating to or characteristic of the profession of law
5. allowed by official rules

  Familiarity information: LEGAL used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 

LEGAL (adjective)

Sense 1legal [BACK TO TOP]


Established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules


sub judice (before a judge or court of law; awaiting judicial determination)

statutory (prescribed or authorized by or punishable under a statute)

ratified; sanctioned (formally approved and invested with legal authority)

lawful; legitimate; licit (authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law)

jural; juristic (of or relating to law or to legal rights and obligations)

judicial (decreed by or proceeding from a court of justice)

court-ordered (ordered by a court of law)


lawful (conformable to or allowed by law)

legitimate (of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful)


legality (lawfulness by virtue of conformity to a legal statute)


illegal (prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules)

Sense 2legal [BACK TO TOP]


Of or relating to jurisprudence

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

legal loophole


law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Sense 3legal [BACK TO TOP]


Having legal efficacy or force


effectual; legal; sound

Context example:

a sound title to the property


valid (well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force)

Sense 4legal [BACK TO TOP]


Relating to or characteristic of the profession of law

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

the legal profession


law (the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system)

Sense 5legal [BACK TO TOP]


Allowed by official rules

Context example:

a legal pass receiver


eligible (qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen)

Domain category:

athletics; sport (an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition)

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