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lawful Line breaks: law¦ful
Pronunciation: /ˈlɔːfʊl/

Definition of lawful in English:


1Conforming to, permitted by, or recognized by law or rules: it is an offence to carry a weapon in public without lawful authority
More example sentences
  • Silence or mere lack of objection does not constitute a lawful waiver.
  • The first question is whether the detention is lawful under domestic law.
  • In such cases, it will be easier to establish that the detention was lawful.
informal legit, kosher, by the book
law-abiding, righteous, honourable, good, decent, proper, solid, virtuous, moral, ethical, orderly, well behaved, peacekeeping, peaceful, civilized, dutiful, duteous, obedient, compliant, complying, disciplined
1.1 dated (Of a child) born within a lawful marriage.


Pronunciation: /ˈlɔːfʊlnəs/
Example sentences
  • Yet by the 19th Century, the Brits were renowned for almost painful ‘Victorian’ rectitude and lawfulness.
  • The court is not able to review the merits, only the lawfulness, of the decision.
  • Judicial review of administrative action usually examines the lawfulness, procedural fairness and rationality of a decision.

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