Adjective "legal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to the law.
  1. 'Like most of Latin America, Chile inherited an inquisitorial legal system from Spain.'
  2. 'VanLester's cases highlight a somewhat different problem for the legal system.'
  3. 'The Korean legal system is based on a civil law system that was developed from the education system.'
  4. 'This was no doubt the expensive legal advice it was given.'
  5. 'The failure of our legal system to take this question seriously in any systematic way is troubling.'
  6. 'Many lenders give incentives to switchers, such as help with valuation fees and legal expenses.'
  7. 'The challenge to the Decision is based on two legal foundations.'
  8. 'The reasons submitted by the plaintiff for denying costs to the defendant are not based on any legal principle.'
  9. 'He declined to name them but said he advised the officials to seek legal advice and to speak with their insurers.'
  10. 'In light of this legal reality, the Attorney General's failure to prosecute is outrageous.'
  11. 'When he got sued a few years ago, he invited people to contribute to his legal fees by sending him some personal details and some money, and he would write a song about them.'
  12. 'Indeed it is good for the legal system to acquit the innocent and convict the guilty.'
  13. 'The native legal system existed in its fullness before the ninth century.'
  14. 'After further legal advice, the council chief executive, David Atkinson, agreed the motion could be discussed.'
  15. 'That is a difficult question, and its difficulty results from a deep ambiguity in our legal system.'
  16. 'He says the legal system is becoming increasingly concerned with political life.'
  17. 'Peter Ball, who represents residents in the Blackfriars area, strongly denies the claims and has sought legal advice.'
  18. 'The reason is that our modern, Westminster-style legal system is based not on justice, but on laws.'
  19. 'Mrs Collins has lodged an official complaint with the firm and is considering seeking legal advice.'
  20. 'This is a long and costly process that usually requires a legal firm.'
  21. 'a legal requirement'
  22. 'The draft laws also impose stricter legal and administrative requirements for new parties to be eligible for the elections.'
  23. 'The way in which legal requirements hinder police getting the job done may be another.'
  24. 'But Mrs Rutins said it was a legal requirement for all councillors to be supplied with the correct information.'
  25. 'There is no legal requirement to register as a charity, nor is any agency charged with maintaining such a register.'
  26. 'Complaints requiring legal action will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice.'
  27. 'These companies have a legal requirement to tell us they are meeting quality standards.'
  28. 'You should get your independent contractor agreement in writing, although that is not a legal requirement.'
  29. 'The other vehicles in its fleet do not meet the legal requirements and in effect should not be allowed on the road.'
  30. 'It is a legal requirement that all competitors and their boatmen wear a life jacket.'
  31. 'Once that decision is made, airlines will then have a year to put their houses in order, before the new legal requirements come into force.'
  32. 'Certainly, the appellant does not bear any moral, as distinct from legal, responsibility for what occurred.'
  33. 'Any moral distinction between the two modes is surely too slender to justify legal recognition.'
  34. 'Is is legal to work by healing on the Sabbath day?'
Permitted by law.
  1. 'Alcohol is, of course, a legal and socially acceptable drug, even though it may actually be more harmful to the body than some of the illegal drugs.'
  2. 'He says one of the main aims in producing the pills was to provide people with a safe and legal alternative to illegal drugs.'
  3. 'When we debated the legalisation of drugs, he sai that he believed all drugs should be legal.'
  4. 'He contends the rules for marijuana should be the same as for legal drugs and should place the onus on the individual.'
  5. 'The number of workers required for a legal strike to go ahead is often too high.'
  6. 'Is it legal to sell prescription drugs through multi-level marketing?'
  7. 'I guess it's something about the combination of low taxes and legal drugs that strikes their fancy.'
  8. 'Many were introduced to alcohol, legal and illegal drugs at tender ages.'
  9. 'The same applies to illicit drug use or dangerous levels of consumption of alcohol or legal mood-altering drugs.'
  10. 'In other words, the big killers in Scotland are the legal drugs - tobacco and alcohol.'
Denoting a size of paper that measures 22 × 35.5 cm (8.5 × 14 inches)
  1. 'When he saw something of note, he scrawled it on a folded up piece of yellow legal paper he kept in his coat pocket.'
  2. 'Sudler handed Mr Cool a sheet of yellow legal paper and sauntered out.'


1. permitted by law; lawful: Such acts are not legal.

2. of or relating 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, relating to, or characteristic of the profession of law or of lawyers: a legal mind.

6. Theology. of or relating to the Mosaic Law. of or relating to the doctrine that salvation is gained by good wo

More examples(as adjective)

"prostitutions can be legal in places."

"policies can be legal under agreements."

"pills can be legal for years."

"operations can be legal on variables."

"materials can be legal in states."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘to do with Mosaic law’): from French, or from Latin legalis, from lex, leg- ‘law’. Compare with loyal.