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Meaning of LEGAL

Pronunciation:  'leegul

Matching Terms:  legacy, legacy code, legacy software, legacy system, legal action, legal age, legal aid, legal assistant, legal brief, legal code, legal community, legal document, legal duty, legal expert, legal fee, legal fraud, legal guardian, legal holiday, legal injury, legal instrument, legal jointure, legal ouster, legal philosophy, legal power, legal principle, legal proceeding, legal process, legal profession, legal relation, legal representation, legal representative, legal right, legal separation, legal status, legal subdivision system, legal system, legal tender, legal texts, legal transfer, legalese, legalisation, legalise, legalism, legalist, legality, legalization, legalize, legally, legantine, legatary, legate, legatee, legateship, legatine, legation, legato, legator, legatura, legature

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Loosely used to mean "in accordance with all the relevant rules", especially in connection with some set of constraints defined by software. "The older =+ alternate for += is no longer legal syntax in ANSI C." "This parser processes each line of legal input the moment it sees the trailing linefeed." Hackers often model their work as a sort of game played with the environment in which the objective is to maneuver through the thicket of "natural laws" to achieve a desired objective. Their use of "legal" is flavoured as much by this game-playing sense as by the more conventional one having to do with courts and lawyers. Compare language lawyer, legalese.

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