Definition of “legal” - English Dictionary

“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
legal status
your legal rights
my legal representatives (= my lawyers)

B2 allowed by the law:

Is abortion legal in your country?
Opposite

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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 /ˈliːɡəl/ us LAW

connected with the system of law within a country or area:

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)