Definition of lawful in English:



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

    ‘it is an offense to carry a weapon in public without lawful authority’
    • ‘The law is absolutely clear: the Bill treats smacking as lawful and reasonable chastisement.’
    • ‘Silence or mere lack of objection does not constitute a lawful waiver.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Can our motives taint our otherwise lawful acts of ownership?’
    • ‘They would constitute serious assaults if carried out without consent, or specific lawful authority.’
    • ‘In fact, English law renders an arrest lawful if the police officer has reasonable grounds for suspicion.’
    • ‘But we'll do our best to make it as lawful as possible.’
    • ‘Paramilitary operatives do not meet any of the prerequisites necessary to be considered lawful combatants.’
    • ‘"Customers have nothing to fear if they earned their money from lawful business activities.’
    • ‘But regime change could result from action that is otherwise lawful.’
    • ‘His reasons for not doing so do not provide him with a lawful excuse.’
    • ‘Or are people noticing that lawful dissidents are also being arrested?’
    • ‘The demolition of the Goods Yard may be perfectly lawful.’
    • ‘From the beginning, the United States Constitution recognized capital punishment as lawful.’
    • ‘However, it would still be perfectly lawful for the British state to simply declare him immune from prosecution.’
    • ‘But this simply raises the question: why was lawful conduct abandoned in the first place?’
    • ‘I don't think it's a good idea to upgrade terrorists into lawful combatants.’
    • ‘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.’
    law-abiding, righteous, honourable, good, decent, proper, solid, virtuous, moral, ethical, orderly, well behaved, peacekeeping, peaceful, civilized, dutiful, duteous, obedient, compliant, complying, disciplined
    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
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    1. 1.1dated (of a child) born within a lawful marriage.