The adjective legal originates from the Latin word legalis, which designates the law (from the Latin lex). It corresponds to what has been regulated and established by the legislator and is part of the set of rules. “The measures taken were legal and provided for in the contract.” In English, it can be translated with the word of the same legal spelling when it comes to legality, and nice or cool, for the complementary adjective. on January 16 in London to discuss possible legal action. Saying that someone or something is legal is consent, it is equivalent to saying that it is friendly, good or pleasant without using any formality. Example: To register, the participant must be Brazilian or foreign legally residing in Brazil and hold a higher education degree recognized by the Ministry. Something that is in the laws of the regents. Legality. Legal is that which is positive in the formal sense of the law or in colloquial usage.
It is difficult to determine the origin of an expression of popular and widespread use that is not rooted in any particular fact. The word legal as slang was already used in Brazil in the 1980s and today has this colloquial meaning of use dicionarizado. It has, of course, traces in common with the meaning of the original adjective, that is, “in the law”, in a broad sense, it refers to something positive. When it enters into expressions, it can have some meaning when performing an act of speech: “`tá legal” is used as a sign of agreement, of acquiescence: “Are you coming to dinner with us? – “Okay” = “Yes, I`m leaving”; or in positive and free return: “This exhibition is legal, it`s very cool”, “He`s a nice person”; or as a denial of positivity in a negative sentence “I`m not cool” = “I`m not well physically or mentally”. Always at the origin of the colloquial use of the adjective, it seems to be an example of the attribution of new meanings to already existing words, that is, those which, in this case, still have closer older links with the original meaning. For the formation of new words and new meanings in the language, see the chapter with this title in: ILARI, R., Introduction to the Study of the Lexicon, São Paulo: Context, 2002. 4. [Brazil, informal] [Brazil, informal] Denotes positive qualities (e.g. cool glasses; cool movie; cool girl, legal proposal). [Portuguese Portuguese equivalents: cool, spin.] = BON, BACANA, MANEIRO Adjective These are the laws of the courts; Established, defined, legally authorized or originating: legal tender. [Informal] Beautiful, friendly, interesting, funny; It positively qualifies different things or people: the show was cool. [Informal] This is no problem: the work is legal, adverb In a good, pleasant and pleasant way: the work remains legal.
Etymology (origin of the word legal). From the Latin legalis.e; lex.legis.