Lawful, legal and legitimate 三詞對比

更新時間 2014年 1月 23日, 星期四 - 格林尼治標準時間10:36

Audio: Lawful, legal and legitimate 三詞對比

A Q&A of the Week programme about the three words: lawful, legal and legitimate.




"There are three English legal words "lawful, legal and legitimate" appearing in the English media when I listen to the English news. It seems to me that three of them are quite similar in meaning. I would like to learn the exact definition of them. Thank you."

Li Jian

Look at the following extracts from BBC reports and see if you can tell the difference between the words legal, lawful and legitimate.

His legal troubles have grown, and they have bled badly into his political life.

Land can be registered as a town or village green if it has been freely and openly used by local people for "lawful sports and pastimes" for 20 years or more.

"We take orders... we are not free to act as we want to, we answer to a legitimate government."

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