Definition of lawful in English:


Syllabification: law·ful
Pronunciation: /ˈlôfəl


  • 1Conforming to, permitted by, or recognized by law or rules: it is an offense to carry a weapon in public without lawful authority
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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  • 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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