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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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British Dictionary definitions for lawfully

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 lawfully

lawful

adj.

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

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