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. Theol. (a) According to the law of works, as distinguished from free grace; or resting on works for salvation. (b) According to the old or Mosaic dispensation; in accordance with the law of Moses.
3. Law Governed by the rules of law as distinguished from the rules of equity; as, legal estate; legal assets.
Legal cap. See under Cap.
Legal tender. (a) The act of tendering in the performance of a contract or satisfaction of a claim that which the law prescribes or permits, and at such time and place as the law prescribes or permits. (b) That currency, or money, which the law authorizes a debtor to tender and requires a creditor to receive. It differs in different countries.
Syn: -- Lawful; constitutional; legitimate; licit; authorized. See Lawful.
adj 1: established by or founded upon law or official or accepted
rules [ant: illegal]
2: of or relating to jurisprudence; "legal loophole"
3: having legal efficacy or force; "a sound title to the
property" [syn: sound]
4: relating to or characteristic of the profession of law; "the
5: allowed by official rules; "a legal pass receiver"