Definition of lawful in English:

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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
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.



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.

Words that rhyme with lawful


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Syllabification: law·ful

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