legal: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (lē'gul), [key]
— adj.
  1. permitted by law; lawful: Such acts are not legal.
  2. of or pertaining to law; connected with the law or its administration: the legal profession.
  3. appointed, established, or authorized by law; deriving authority from law.
  4. recognized by law rather than by equity.
  5. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the profession of law or of lawyers: a legal mind.
    1. of or pertaining to the Mosaic Law.
    2. of or pertaining to the doctrine that salvation is gained by good works rather than through free grace.
  1. a person who acts in a legal manner or with legal authority.
  2. an alien who has entered a country legally.
  3. a person whose status is protected by law.
  4. a fish or game animal, within specified size or weight limitations, that the law allows to be caught and kept during an appropriate season.
  5. a foreigner who conducts espionage against a host country while working there in a legitimate capacity, often in the diplomatic service.
  6. authorized investments that may be made by fiduciaries, as savings banks or trustees.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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