legal Definition

  • 1permitted by law
  • 2relating to the law or lawyers

Using legal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "legal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It is legal to drink alcohol in most countries.

  • Example

    He is seeking legal advice from a lawyer.

  • Example

    The company is facing legal action for copyright infringement.

legal Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with legal

  • the system of law courts that administer justice and constitute the judicial branch of government


    The legal system in the United States is based on common law.

  • money that is recognized by law as a valid means of payment


    In the United States, the dollar is legal tender.

  • the age at which a person is considered legally mature and responsible for their actions


    The legal age for drinking alcohol in the United States is 21.


Summary: legal in Brief

The term 'legal' [ˈliːɡl] refers to something that is permitted by law or relates to the law or lawyers. It can describe actions, advice, or proceedings, such as 'It is legal to drink alcohol in most countries.' 'Legal' extends into phrases like 'legal system,' referring to the courts, and 'legal tender,' meaning recognized money. Antonyms include 'illegal' and 'unlawful.'

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