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Synonyms for legal

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Antonyms for legal

  • illegal
  • illegitimate
  • invalid
  • unacceptable
  • unlawful
  • illicit
  • wrong
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LEGAL

But moral conviction and legal proof are quite different things.

By this measure all legal proceedings for the recovery of church rates were abolished.

He dealt with the question on theological, legal and social grounds.

The eight children do not belong to the woman in any real or legal sense.

There is a legal limit to physical cruelty; and there are also human limits to it.

That this should be so in the case of his virtuous and legal connection he was perfectly certain.

Morse did not attempt to get this legal disqualification set aside.

It is legal in this dreadful country to have four wives, but I don't care about the law.

The others had evidently stayed to hear the legal harangue to a close.

His legal opinions, therefore, have ever been held in the highest esteem.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c. "of or pertaining to the law," from Middle French légal or directly from Latin legalis "legal, pertaining to the law," from lex (genitive legis) "law," possibly related to legere "to gather," on notion of "a collection of rules" (see lecture (n.)).

Sense of "permitted by law" is from 1640s. Related: Legally. The Old French form was leial, loial (see leal, loyal). Legal tender is from 1740.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LEGAL

admissible

adjectiveable or deserving of consideration; allowable

authorized

adjectiveapproved
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