(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. legal, legitimate; permissible; valid. See legality. Ant., illegal.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. legitimate, legal, legalized, rightful, just, right, valid, statutory, passed, decreed, judged, commanded, ruled, enjoined, ordained, ordered, mandated, authorized, according to edict, constitutional, adjudged, legislated, enacted, official, according to fiat, enforced, protected, licit, vested, within the law, in conformity to the law, conformable with the law, legitimatized, canonical, established; see also legal 1 , permitted .
Ant. illegal*, unlawful, illegitimate.
See Synonym Study at legal .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
legal, allowable, legitimate, licit, within the law, sanctioned, permissible, constitutional, rightful.
ANT.: illegal, unlawful, illicit
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Within, allowed by, or sanctioned by the law: innocent, legal, legitimate, licit. Slang: legit. See LAW.

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