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lawful

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adjective law·ful \ˈlȯ-fəl\

Simple Definition of lawful

  • : allowed by the law

  • : according to the law

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lawful

  1. 1 a :  being in harmony with the law <a lawful judgment> b :  constituted, authorized, or established by law :  rightful <lawful institutions>

  2. 2 :  law-abiding <lawful citizens>

lawfully play \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
lawfulness play \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of lawful in a sentence

  1. a lawful search of the property

  2. <hunting is a lawful activity only if you have the proper license>



14th Century

First Known Use of lawful

14th century

Synonym Discussion of lawful

lawful, legal, legitimate, licit mean being in accordance with law. lawful may apply to conformity with law of any sort (as natural, divine, common, or canon) <the lawful sovereign>. legal applies to what is sanctioned by law or in conformity with the law, especially as it is written or administered by the courts <legal residents of the state>. legitimate may apply to a legal right or status but also, in extended use, to a right or status supported by tradition, custom, or accepted standards <a perfectly legitimate question about taxes>. licit applies to a strict conformity to the provisions of the law and applies especially to what is regulated by law <the licit use of drugs by doctors>.

Rhymes with lawful


LAWFUL Defined for Kids

lawful

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adjective law·ful \ˈlȯ-fəl\

Definition of lawful for Students

  1. 1 :  permitted by law <lawful conduct>

  2. 2 :  recognized by law <She's the property's lawful owner.>

lawfully \-fə-lē\ adverb



Law Dictionary

lawful

adjective law·ful

Legal Definition of lawful

  1. 1a :  being in harmony with the law <a lawful judgment> <a lawful purpose> b :  constituted, authorized, or established by law <a lawful duty>

  2. 2 :  law-abiding <lawful citizens>

lawfully adverb
lawfulness noun




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