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lawful    : [l'ɔfəl]
Lawful \Law"ful\, a.
1. Conformable to law; allowed by law; legitimate; competent.
[1913 Webster]

2. Constituted or authorized by law; rightful; as, the lawful
owner of lands.
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{Lawful age}, the age when the law recognizes one's right of
independent action; majority; -- generally the age of
twenty-one years. Also called {legal age} or {age of
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Note: In some of the States, and for some purposes, a woman
attains lawful age at eighteen. --Abbott.

Syn: Legal; constitutional; allowable; regular; rightful.

Usage: {Lawful}, {Legal}. Lawful means conformable to the
principle, spirit, or essence of the law, and is
applicable to moral as well as juridical law. Legal
means conformable to the letter or rules of the law as
it is administered in the courts; conformable to
juridical law. Legal is often used as antithetical to
equitable, but lawful is seldom used in that sense. --
{Law"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Law"ful*ness}, n.
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adj 1: conformable to or allowed by law; "lawful methods of
dissent" [ant: {unlawful}]
2: according to custom or rule or natural law [synonym: {lawful},
3: having a legally established claim; "the legitimate heir";
"the true and lawful king" [synonym: {true(a)}, {lawful},
4: authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law; "a
legitimate government" [synonym: {lawful}, {legitimate}, {licit}]

125 Moby Thesaurus words for "lawful":
actionable, admissible, allowable, allowed, applicable, authentic,
authoritative, authorized, balanced, binding, bona fide, candid,
card-carrying, cogent, competent, consistent, constitutional,
de jure, defensible, deserved, dinkum, due, equitable, even,
evenhanded, fair, fair and square, fit, following the letter,
genuine, good, honest, honest-to-God, inartificial, judicial,
juridical, just, justiciable, justifiable, justified, kosher,
lawmaking, legal, legislative, legit, legitimate, legitimized,
level, licit, lifelike, literal, logical, meet, meet and right,
merited, natural, naturalistic, original, permissible, permitted,
proper, pure, real, realistic, right, right and proper, rightful,
sanctionable, sanctioned, self-consistent, simon-pure, simple,
sincere, solid, sound, square, statutory, sterling, substantial,
sufficient, sure-enough, true to life, true to nature,
true to reality, unadulterated, unaffected, unassumed, unassuming,
uncolored, unconcocted, uncopied, uncounterfeited, undisguised,
undisguising, undistorted, unexaggerated, unfabricated, unfanciful,
unfeigned, unfeigning, unfictitious, unflattering, unimagined,
unimitated, uninvented, unpretended, unpretending, unqualified,
unromantic, unsimulated, unspecious, unsynthetic, unvarnished,
valid, verbal, verbatim, veridical, verisimilar, warrantable,
warranted, weighty, well-founded, well-grounded, within the law,

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  • LAWFUL | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    lawful definition: 1 allowed by the law: 2 permitted by law; legal: 3 allowed by law: Learn more
  • LAWFUL | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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