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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LEGALLY

She was legally a wife, and could only be separated from him through convicted shame.

You see, he wanted to get my money illegally, but instead I managed to get his legally.

He took no notice of me, and I got no assistance; perhaps I was legally entitled to none.

Legally, we should have difficulty in getting at you, but it can be done.

The father of Moses and Aaron married his father's sister, who was not legally his relation.

"Legally speaking, your mother could stop your leaving her," he said.

Montgeorges managed so well, that he was not legally criminated.

Legally, I should be justified in tearing it up and throwing it into the fire.

Was her husband, to whom it legally belonged, to make it over to her as a free gift?

He did take pains to ascertain that they were legally married, but that was all.

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.

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