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LE'GAL, adjective [Latin legalis, from lex, legis, law.]

1. According to law; in conformity with law; as a legal standard or test; a legal procedure.

2. Lawful; permitted by law; as a legal trade. Anything is legal which the laws do not forbid.

3. According to the law of works, as distinguished from free grace; or resting on works for salvation.

4. Pertaining to law; created by law.

The exception must be confined to legal crimes.

So we use the phrase, criminal law.