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lawful

[law-fuh l] /ˈlɔ fəl/
adjective
1.
allowed or permitted by law; not contrary to law:
a lawful enterprise.
2.
recognized or sanctioned by law; legitimate:
a lawful marriage; a lawful heir.
3.
appointed or recognized by law; legally qualified:
a lawful king.
4.
acting or living according to the law; law-abiding:
a lawful man; a lawful community.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English laghful. See law1, -ful
Related forms
lawfully, adverb
lawfulness, noun
prelawful, adjective
prelawfully, adverb
prelawfulness, noun
quasi-lawful, adjective
quasi-lawfully, adverb
Synonyms
1. legal. 2. licit.
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  • The standard for lawful arrest is probable cause and not beyond a reasonable doubt.
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  • Family law has always been messy in this country, with marriages that are lawful in one state being unlawful in the next.
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  • It urged its draftee readers to think about the message and then-if they so chose-to act on it in a lawful and nonviolent way.
  • If the order is a lawful order, it should be obeyed.
  • In the way that a lawful evil dictatorship will always be preferable to a chaotic evil anarchy, cynicism gives us bright lines.
  • The proposition is usually linked with one to make the secondary boycott lawful.
  • It is no longer lawful to construct barracks to cover the whole of a lot.
British Dictionary definitions for lawful

lawful

/ˈlɔːfʊl/
adjective
1.
allowed, recognized, or sanctioned by law; legal
Derived Forms
lawfully, adverb
lawfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lawful
adj.

c.1300, laghful; cf. Old Norse logfullr (see law). Related: Lawfully; lawfulness.

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