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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 ​yourcountry?
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  • legal adjective (PAPER)

US used to refer to a ​standardsize of ​paper in the US, 8.5 ​inches by 14 ​inches: Your ​poster should be on ​letter or legal ​sizepaper.
(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 ​permitteddevelopmentrule. 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 ​costspiraling. legal ​fees
allowed by ​law: The ​reportfails 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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