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legal

adjective
 
 
/ˈliːɡəl/ LAW
connected with the system of law within a country or area: The department is seeking legal advice on the permitted development rule. There isn't a formal legal agreement that binds us together as a company.a legal battle/dispute Two years of legal battles and delay sent the project's cost spiraling. legal fees
allowed by law: The report fails to make a distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. Regulators are reviewing the purchase to make sure it is legal.
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