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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
legal (adjective)
1.
of or relating to law
2.
a) deriving authority from or founded on law - de jure
b) having a formal status derived from law often without a basis in actual fact - titular a corporation is a legal but not a real person
c) established by law , especially - statutory
3.
conforming to or permitted by law or established rules
4.
recognized or made effective by a court of law as distinguished from a court of equity
5.
of, relating to, or having the characteristics of the profession of law or of one of its members
6.
created by the constructions of the law - a legal fiction lawful
legal (noun)
one that conforms to rules or the law
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
legal (adjective)
1.
permitted by law
SYNONIMS:
lawful, legit, legitimate, licit
RELATED WORDS:
allowable, authorized, noncriminal, permissible; justifiable, warrantable; constitutional; de jure, regulation, statutory; good, innocent, just, proper, right
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bad, corrupt, evil, immoral, iniquitous, reprobate, sinful, wicked, wrong; banned, criminal, forbidden, guilty, impermissible, outlawed, prohibited, unauthorized, unjust; under-the-counter, under-the-table; nonconstitutional, unconstitutional
illegal, illegitimate, illicit, lawless, unlawful, wrongful
legal (adjective)
2.
following or according to the rules
SYNONIMS:
clean, legal, sportsmanlike, sportsmanly
RELATED WORDS:
just, law-abiding; ethical, moral, principled, scrupulous; honorable, irreproachable, unimpeachable
NEAR ANTONYMS:
immoral, unethical, unprincipled, unrighteous, unscrupulous, vicious, wrong
dirty, foul, nasty, unfair, unsportsmanlike
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