(Latin: pertaining to the law, legal)
From Latin legalis and lex, legis, law; lex is singular while leges is plural.
2. Not born in lawful wedlock; not recognized by law as lawful offspring; spurious, bastard.
Offered as a proposed motto or as advice. It is made up of pseudo, or mock, Latin illegitimatus "bastard" and Carborundum (silicon carbide [Sic], an abrasive), the trade name of a brand of abrasives.
It is also said to be the motto of General Joseph Warren ("Vinegar Joe") Stilwell (1883-1946); commander of U.S. army ground forces under MacArthur (1945); commander of U.S. 10th army in the Pacific (1945-46).
2. Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past: In some places, people have received a legacy of religious freedom.
The Ionic style of architecture that exists in some places is a legacy that has been inherited from ancient Greece.
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2. Belonging to or characteristic of the profession of the law.
3. Such as is required or appointed by law; founded upon law; deriving authority from law.
4. Something connected with law; a legal formality; a legal notice.
2. Language typical of lawyers, laws, legal forms, etc., characterized by archaic usage, prolixity (wordy and tedious), redundancy, and extreme thoroughness.
2. A disposition to exalt the importance of law or formulated rule in any department of action.
2. One versed in the law; one who views things from a legal standpoint.
2. In theology, insistence on the letter of the law; reliance on works for salvation, rather than on free grace.
3. The spirit or way of thinking characteristic of the legal profession; pl. points of manner or speech indicative of this.
4. The quality of being legal or in conformity with the law; lawfulness. In early use, legitimacy.