Definition of lawful in English:

lawful

adjective

  • 1Conforming to, permitted by, or recognized by law or rules:

    ‘it is an offence to carry a weapon in public without lawful authority’
    • ‘In fact, English law renders an arrest lawful if the police officer has reasonable grounds for suspicion.’
    • ‘Can our motives taint our otherwise lawful acts of ownership?’
    • ‘But we'll do our best to make it as lawful as possible.’
    • ‘In such cases, it will be easier to establish that the detention was lawful.’
    • ‘Reasonableness is essentially a basis for resolving competing claims where otherwise lawful activities conflict.’
    • ‘However, it would still be perfectly lawful for the British state to simply declare him immune from prosecution.’
    • ‘His reasons for not doing so do not provide him with a lawful excuse.’
    • ‘They would constitute serious assaults if carried out without consent, or specific lawful authority.’
    • ‘From the beginning, the United States Constitution recognized capital punishment as lawful.’
    • ‘"Customers have nothing to fear if they earned their money from lawful business activities.’
    • ‘Or are people noticing that lawful dissidents are also being arrested?’
    • ‘But regime change could result from action that is otherwise lawful.’
    • ‘The demolition of the Goods Yard may be perfectly lawful.’
    • ‘Paramilitary operatives do not meet any of the prerequisites necessary to be considered lawful combatants.’
    • ‘The first question is whether the detention is lawful under domestic law.’
    • ‘But this simply raises the question: why was lawful conduct abandoned in the first place?’
    • ‘The law is absolutely clear: the Bill treats smacking as lawful and reasonable chastisement.’
    • ‘He also has two convictions for detaining a child without lawful authority, she said.’
    • ‘I don't think it's a good idea to upgrade terrorists into lawful combatants.’
    • ‘Silence or mere lack of objection does not constitute a lawful waiver.’
    legitimate, legal, licit, just, permissible, permitted, allowable, allowed, rightful, proper, constitutional, legalized, sanctioned, authorized, warranted, justified, justifiable, approved, recognized, admissible, above board, within the law, going by the rules
    law-abiding, righteous, honourable, good, decent, proper, solid, virtuous, moral, ethical, orderly, well behaved, peacekeeping, peaceful, civilized, dutiful, duteous, obedient, compliant, complying, disciplined
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    1. 1.1dated (of a child) born within a lawful marriage.

Pronunciation:

lawful

/ˈlɔːfʊl/