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lawful Syllabification: law·ful
Pronunciation: /ˈlôfəl/

Definition of lawful in English:


1Conforming to, permitted by, or recognized by law or rules: it is an offense 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.
legitimate, legal, licit, just, permissible, permitted, allowable, allowed, rightful, sanctioned, authorized, warranted, within the law
informal legit
1.1 dated (Of a child) born within a lawful marriage.



Example sentences
  • The recording industry has no legitimate interest in the aftermarket for my lawfully acquired property.
  • To that end, it must be fairly and lawfully processed and should only be used for a purpose consistent with that for which it was collected.
  • It's contemptuous of your customers to restrict how we can use our lawfully acquired property.


Pronunciation: /ˈlôfəlnəs/
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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