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’
    • ‘However, it would still be perfectly lawful for the British state to simply declare him immune from prosecution.’
    • ‘Can our motives taint our otherwise lawful acts of ownership?’
    • ‘In such cases, it will be easier to establish that the detention was lawful.’
    • ‘But regime change could result from action that is otherwise lawful.’
    • ‘From the beginning, the United States Constitution recognized capital punishment as lawful.’
    • ‘They would constitute serious assaults if carried out without consent, or specific lawful authority.’
    • ‘Silence or mere lack of objection does not constitute a lawful waiver.’
    • ‘Paramilitary operatives do not meet any of the prerequisites necessary to be considered lawful combatants.’
    • ‘But we'll do our best to make it as lawful as possible.’
    • ‘The demolition of the Goods Yard may be perfectly lawful.’
    • ‘His reasons for not doing so do not provide him with a lawful excuse.’
    • ‘The first question is whether the detention is lawful under domestic law.’
    • ‘He also has two convictions for detaining a child without lawful authority, she said.’
    • ‘"Customers have nothing to fear if they earned their money from lawful business activities.’
    • ‘In fact, English law renders an arrest lawful if the police officer has reasonable grounds for suspicion.’
    • ‘But this simply raises the question: why was lawful conduct abandoned in the first place?’
    • ‘Reasonableness is essentially a basis for resolving competing claims where otherwise lawful activities conflict.’
    • ‘Or are people noticing that lawful dissidents are also being arrested?’
    • ‘I don't think it's a good idea to upgrade terrorists into lawful combatants.’
    • ‘The law is absolutely clear: the Bill treats smacking as lawful and reasonable chastisement.’
    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

/ˈlɔːf(ə)l//ˈlɔːfʊl/