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Definition of Legal

(adjective) Of, concerned with, founded, or based upon law.

Legal Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: le·gal

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /lEEgUHl/
  • British English – /lEEgUHl/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈliɡəl/
  • British English – /ˈliːɡl/

Usage Note

  • Legal issues are considered for (noun) legality or (noun) illegality by interpreting the law.

Related Quotation

  • “If one class in society is obliged to take any price for its services in order to survive, while another can abstain from such action thanks to the resources that it has at its disposal, which are not the result of any social superiority, the second has an unjust legal advantage over the first. In other words, there cannot be rich and poor from birth without there being unjust contracts” (Durkheim [1893] 2004:37).

Additional Information

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Durkheim, Émile. [1893] 2004. “The Division of Labour in Society.” Pp. 19–38 in Readings from Emile Durkheim. Rev. ed., edited and translated by K. Thompson. New York: Routledge.

Works Consulted

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Legal

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “legal.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 18, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/legal/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

legal. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/legal/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “legal.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 18, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/legal/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“legal.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/legal/>.