Organization vs Legal - What's the difference?

organization | legal |

As a noun organization

is (uncountable) the quality of being organized.

As an adjective legal is

legal, lawful.


Alternative forms

* organisation


  • (uncountable) The quality of being organized.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The machine of a new soul , passage=The yawning gap in neuroscientists’ understanding of their topic is in the intermediate scale of the brain’s anatomy. Science has a passable knowledge of how individual nerve cells, known as neurons, work. It also knows which visible lobes and ganglia of the brain do what. But how the neurons are organised in these lobes and ganglia remains obscure. Yet this is the level of organisation that does the actual thinking—and is, presumably, the seat of consciousness.}}
  • (uncountable) The way in which something is organized, such as a book or an article.
  • (countable) A group of people or other legal entities with an explicit purpose and written rules.
  • (countable) A group of people consciously cooperating.
  • (baseball) A major league club and all its farm teams.
  • Hyponyms

    * institute * institution * corporation * firm * company * trade union * labor union * political party * church * school * university * hospital * See also




    (en adjective)
  • Relating to the law or to lawyers.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.}}
  • Having its basis in the law.
  • Being allowed or prescribed by law.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-23, volume=408, issue=8850, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Waking life , passage=After 50 years, legal segregation is a distant memory, and race in America is not the unbridgeable chasm it once was. The country has a black president. The sort of comity that King evoked, in which the descendants of slaves and of slave owners “sit down together at the table of brotherhood”, can be found in many places, including the Deep South. The rate of marriage between blacks and whites is rising.}}
  • (informal) Above the age of consent or the legal drinking age.
  • Antonyms

    * (allowed) banned, contraband, disallowed, forbidden, illegal, outlawed * (concerning law) black-market, back-alley * (over age of consent) underage

    Derived terms

    * legal beagle * legal duty * legal eagle * legality * legalese * paralegal


  • (US, Canada) Paper]] in sheets 8½ in × 14 in (215.9 [[millimetre, mm × 355.6 mm).
  • Derived terms

    * legal-size


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