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"legal" in British English

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legaladjective

uk   /ˈliː.ɡəl/  us   /ˈliː.ɡəl/
  • legal adjective (LAW)

B2 connected with the law: legal advice a legal obligation/requirement legal status your legal rights legal action/proceedings my legal representatives (= my lawyers)
B2 allowed by the law: Is abortion legal in your country?
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  • legal adjective (PAPER)

US used to refer to a standard size of paper in the US, 8.5 inches by 14 inches: Your poster should be on letter or legal size paper.
(Definition of legal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"legal" in American English

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legaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈli·ɡəl/
connected with or allowed by the law: the legal profession the legal right to vote
legally
adverb  us   /ˈli·ɡə·li/
The contract is legally binding.
(Definition of legal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"legal" in Business English

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legaladjective

uk   us   /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.
(Definition of legal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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