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Definition of Legal


  1. Created by, permitted by, in conformity with, or relating to, law; as, a legal obligation; a legal standard or test; a legal procedure; a legal claim; a legal trade; anything is legal which the laws do not forbid.
  2. According to the law of works, as distinguished from free grace; or resting on works for salvation.
  3. According to the old or Mosaic dispensation; in accordance with the law of Moses.
  4. Governed by the rules of law as distinguished from the rules of equity; as, legal estate; legal assets.

Legal Quotations

The safety of the people shall be the highest law.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
Henry David Thoreau

I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money.
Mary Roberts Rinehart

People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.
Edmund Burke

One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Legal Translations

legal in Dutch is gewettigd, wettelijk, wettig, legaal
legal in Latin is canonicus, forensis
legal in Norwegian is lovlig
legal in Spanish is juridico, legal, judicial
legal in Swedish is laglig, giltiga
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