|Origin:||Latin legalis, from lex 'law'|
le‧gal S3 W1
if something is legal, you are allowed to do it or have to do it by law [≠ illegal]:
What the company has done is perfectly legal.
plans to make the carrying of identity cards a legal requirement
He had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his bloodstream.
a pressure group that is campaigning to make cannabis legal.
2 [only before noun]
concerned with or relating to the law:
free legal advice
a costly legal dispute
the Scottish legal system
the legal profession (=lawyers)
the use of the legal system to settle an argument, put right an unfair situation etc:
She threatened to take legal action against the hospital.