legal

legal
legal, lawful, legitimate, licit
1. All four words share the basic meaning ‘conforming to the law’. Something is legal when it is authorized by the law of the land, legitimate when it conforms to custom or common justice, and lawful (a more old-fashioned word) when it conforms to moral or divine law. Legal is the only choice in the neutral descriptive meaning ‘relating to the law’ (as in legal language), and legitimate alone has the meaning ‘born of married parents’. Licit, which means much the same as lawful, is the least used of all these words, although illicit is somewhat more common. See also illegal.
2. For legitimate as a verb, see legitimate, legitimize.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • légal — légal, ale, aux [ legal, o ] adj. • 1361; lat. imp. legalis, de lex, legis « loi » → loyal 1 ♦ Qui a valeur de loi, résulte de la loi, est conforme à la loi. ⇒ juridique, réglementaire. Dispositions légales. Formalités, formes légales, prescrites …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • legal — le·gal / lē gəl/ adj [Latin legalis, from leg lex law] 1: of or relating to law or the processes of law a legal question take legal action 2 a: deriving authority from or founded on law a legal tariff rate a legal government …   Law dictionary

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  • legal — (adj.) mid 15c. of or pertaining to the law, from M.Fr. légal or directly from L. legalis legal, pertaining to the law, from lex (gen. legis) law, possibly related to legere to gather, on notion of a collection of rules (see LECTURE (Cf. lecture) …   Etymology dictionary

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