Hypertext Webster Gateway: "legal"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Legal \Le"gal\ (l[=e]"gal), a. [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. l['e]gal. Cf. {Lie} to
be prostrate, {Loyal}, {Leal}.]
1. 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.

2. (Theol.)
(a) According to the law of works, as distinguished from
free grace; or resting on works for salvation.
(b) According to the old or Mosaic dispensation; in
accordance with the law of Moses.

3. (Law) Governed by the rules of law as distinguished from
the rules of equity; as, legal estate; legal assets.
--Bouvier. --Burrill.

{Legal cap}. See under {Cap}.

{Legal tender}.
(a) The act of tendering in the performance of a contract
or satisfaction of a claim that which the law
prescribes or permits, and at such time and place as
the law prescribes or permits.
(b) That currency, or money, which the law authorizes a
debtor to tender and requires a creditor to receive.
It differs in different countries.

Syn: Lawful; constitutional; legitimate; licit; authorized.
See {Lawful}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: established by or founded upon law or official or accepted
rules [ant: {illegal}]
2: of or relating to jurisprudence; "legal loophole"
3: having legal efficacy or force; "a sound title to the
property" [syn: {sound}]
4: relating to or characteristic of the profession of law; "the
legal profession"
5: (sports) allowed by official rules; "a legal pass receiver"

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