legal

legal
le|gal
W1S3 [ˈli:gəl] adj
[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: Latin legalis, from lex 'law']
1.) if something is legal, you are allowed to do it or have to do it by law
≠ ↑illegal
What the company has done is perfectly legal.
plans to make the carrying of identity cards a legal requirement
He had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his bloodstream.
a pressure group that is campaigning to make cannabis legal .
2.) [only before noun]
concerned with or relating to the law
free legal advice
a costly legal dispute
the Scottish legal system
the legal profession
(=lawyers)
3.) legal action/proceedings
the use of the legal system to settle an argument, put right an unfair situation etc
She threatened to take legal action against the hospital.
→↑legally

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  • légal — légal, ale, aux [ legal, o ] adj. • 1361; lat. imp. legalis, de lex, legis « loi » → loyal 1 ♦ Qui a valeur de loi, résulte de la loi, est conforme à la loi. ⇒ juridique, réglementaire. Dispositions légales. Formalités, formes légales, prescrites …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • legal — le·gal / lē gəl/ adj [Latin legalis, from leg lex law] 1: of or relating to law or the processes of law a legal question take legal action 2 a: deriving authority from or founded on law a legal tariff rate a legal government …   Law dictionary

  • légal — légal, ale (lé gal, ga l ) adj. 1°   Qui est prescrit par la loi. Formalités légales.    Qui est selon la loi. Voies légales. Moyens légaux. •   Charles [1er, d Angleterre] avait des vertus domestiques, du courage, de la modération, de la probité …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • legal — LEGÁL, Ă, legali, e, adj. Care există sau se face în temeiul unei legi, care este prevăzut de o lege, este conform cu legea. – Din fr. légal, lat. legalis. Trimis de RACAI, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  Legal ≠ ilegal, nelegal Trimis de siveco,… …   Dicționar Român

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • legal — (Del lat. legālis). 1. adj. Prescrito por ley y conforme a ella. 2. Perteneciente o relativo a la ley o al derecho. 3. Verídico, puntual, fiel y recto en el cumplimiento de las funciones de su cargo. 4. coloq. Esp. Leal o formal en su… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • legal — [lē′gəl] adj. [MFr légal < L legalis < lex (gen. legis), law, prob. < IE base * leg̑ , to collect > L legere, Gr legein, to collect] 1. of, created by, based upon, or authorized by law 2. in conformity with the positive rules of law;… …   English World dictionary

  • Legal — bezeichnet eine Gesetzeskonformität, siehe Legalität ein heute noch in den USA und in Kanada benutztes Papierformat, siehe Legal (Papierformat) Legal ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Ernst Legal, Schauspieler Marga Legal, Schauspielerin… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • legal — Adj std. stil. (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. lēgālis, einer Ableitung von l. lēx (lēgis) Gesetzesvorschlag, Gesetz, Verordnung , vielleicht weiter zu l. legere (lēctum) lesen, ablesen, vorlesen , verwandt mit gr. légein zählen, berechnen… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • legal — (adj.) mid 15c. of or pertaining to the law, from M.Fr. légal or directly from L. legalis legal, pertaining to the law, from lex (gen. legis) law, possibly related to legere to gather, on notion of a collection of rules (see LECTURE (Cf. lecture) …   Etymology dictionary

  • legal — adj. 2 g. 1. De lei. 2. Conforme com a lei, ou por ela prescrito. 3.  [Brasil, Informal] Que está em ordem. = CERTO, REGULARIZADO 4.  [Brasil, Informal] Que denota qualidades positivas (ex.: óculos legais, filme legal, garota legal, sugestão… …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

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