Lawful meaning

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Being within the law; allowed by law.

Lawful methods of dissent.

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The definition of lawful is something that is legal or that is permitted or accepted by governing principles and rules of law.

Driving within the speed limit and obeying the rules of the road is an example of lawful behavior.

A child born within the confines of a legal marriage is an example of a lawful child.

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Established, sanctioned, or recognized by the law.

The lawful heir.

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In conformity with the principles of the law; permitted by law.

A lawful act.

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Recognized by or established by law; just or valid.

Lawful debts.

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Obeying the law; law-abiding.
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Permissible; not contravening a law.
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Conforming to, or recognised by law or rules.
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Obeying the law; law-abiding.
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Origin of lawful

  • From Middle English laweful, equivalent to law +"Ž -ful, conflated with Middle English leful, leeful, leveful (“according to law, lawful, pertaining to law"). See also leveful.
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