legal

Legal means having to do with the law, or following the law. Attorneys work in the legal profession but may not always be so lucky as to find a legal parking spot near their office.

A legal scholar is someone who studies law. A legal search and seizure is when the cops come to you house with a warrant. A legal apartment is one that meets building code and is in an appropriately zoned neighborhood. Legal's opposite is illegal, which means against the law.

Definitions of legal
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adj established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules

Synonyms:
lawful
conformable to or allowed by law
court-ordered
ordered by a court of law
judicial
decreed by or proceeding from a court of justice
jural, juristic
of or relating to law or to legal rights and obligations
lawful, legitimate, licit
authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
ratified, sanctioned
formally approved and invested with legal authority
statutory
prescribed or authorized by or punishable under a statute
sub judice
before a judge or court of law; awaiting judicial determination
legitimate
of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
Antonyms:
illegal
prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules
unlawful
contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law
amerciable
of a crime or misdemeanor; punishable by a fine set by a judge
banned, prohibited
forbidden by law
black, black-market, bootleg, contraband, smuggled
distributed or sold illicitly
criminal, felonious
involving or being or having the nature of a crime
dirty, ill-gotten
obtained illegally or by improper means
embezzled, misappropriated
taken for your own use in violation of a trust
extrajudicial
beyond the usual course of legal proceedings; legally unwarranted
extralegal, nonlegal
not regulated or sanctioned by law
hot
recently stolen or smuggled
illegitimate, illicit, outlaw, outlawed, unlawful
contrary to or forbidden by law
ineligible
prohibited by official rules
misbranded, mislabeled
branded or labeled falsely and in violation of statutory requirements
penal, punishable
subject to punishment by law
under-the-counter
done or sold illicitly and secretly;
unratified
lacking legal authority
illegitimate
of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful
irregular
contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice
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adj of or relating to jurisprudence

legal loophole”

adj relating to or characteristic of the profession of law

“the legal profession”

adj allowed by official rules

“a legal pass receiver”
Synonyms:
eligible
qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen

adj having legal efficacy or force

Synonyms:
effectual, sound
valid
well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force

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