Illegal vs. Legal

Illegal vs. Legal — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Illegal and Legal

Illegaladjective

Prohibited by law.

Legaladjective

Of, relating to, or concerned with law

legal papers.

Illegaladjective

Prohibited by official rules

an illegal pass in football.

Legaladjective

Established or recognized by law

a legal right.

Illegaladjective

Unacceptable to or not performable by a computer

an illegal operation.

Legaladjective

Authorized by law

the legal owner.

Illegalnoun

A person who is not legally authorized to live and work in a country.

Legaladjective

Established legally other than by statute, as by a judicial opinion

a legal authority.

Illegaladjective

Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.

This is illegal, you know!Nearly 40 million people live in UK areas with illegal air pollutiontheir illegal mining operations in Asia, Africa and elsewhere, are protected by officials and police paid to look the other way – and powerful customers in the construction industry who prefer not to ask too many questions.

Legaladjective

In conformity with or permitted by law

legal business operations.

Illegaladjective

Forbidden by established rules.

Moving a pawn backward is an illegal move in chess.

Legaladjective

Recognized or enforced by law rather than by equity.

Illegaladjective

Totally fictitious, and often issued on behalf of a non-existent territory or country.

Legaladjective

In terms of or created by the law

a legal offense.

Illegaladjective

Being or doing something illegally.

illegal immigrant;illegal logger;illegal pilot

Legaladjective

Applicable to or characteristic of attorneys or their profession.

Illegaladjective

Being an illegal immigrant; residing in a country illegally.

Legaladjective

Acceptable or allowable under official rules

a legal forward pass.

Illegalnoun

(obsolete) An illegal act or technique.

Legalnoun

A person who is legally authorized to live and work in a country.

Illegalnoun

Contraband, esp. illegal substances such as drugs.

Legalnoun

A person or department providing legal assistance.

Illegalnoun

An illegal immigrant.

Legalnoun

A legal notice, especially an advertisement.

Illegalnoun

(espionage) A spy working abroad illegally and undercover, without visible ties to his or her country’s authorities.

Legaladjective

Relating to the law or to lawyers.

legal profession

Illegaladjective

prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules;

an illegal chess move

Legaladjective

Having its basis in the law.

legal precedent

Legaladjective

Being allowed or prescribed by law.

legal motion

Legaladjective

(informal) Above the age of consent or the legal drinking age.

Legalnoun

The legal department of a company.

Legal wants this in writing.

Legalnoun

Paper in sheets 8½ in × 14 in (215.9 mm × 355.6 mm).

Legalnoun

(countable) A spy who is attached to, and ostensibly employed by, an embassy, military outpost, etc.

Legaladjective

established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules

Legaladjective

of or relating to jurisprudence;

legal loophole

Legaladjective

having legal efficacy or force;

a sound title to the property

Legaladjective

relating to or characteristic of the profession of law;

the legal profession

Legaladjective

allowed by official rules;

a legal pass receiver