lawful

  • 1 lawful — law·ful adj 1 a: being in harmony with the law a lawful judgment a lawful purpose b: constituted, authorized, or established by law a lawful duty 2: law abiding …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 lawful — lawful, legal, legitimate, licit mean permitted, sanctioned, or recognized by law or the law. Lawful differs from the others in implying a reference to various sorts of law (as divine law, natural law, or the law of the land, or as civil law,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 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. [1913 Webster] {Lawful age}, the age when the law recognizes one s right of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 lawful — law‧ful [ˈlɔːfl ǁ ˈlɒː ] adjective LAW allowed by law; = LEGAL: • The owner has the right to use the property for any lawful purpose. lawfully adverb : • a product that has been lawfully produced in a member state of the European Union… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 5 lawful — [lô′fəl] adj. 1. in conformity with the principles of the law; permitted by law [a lawful act]: see also LEGAL (sense 2) 2. recognized by or established by law [lawful debts] 3. obeying the law; law abiding SYN. LEGAL lawfully adv. lawfulness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 lawful — c.1300, laghful; Cf. O.N. logfullr (see LAW (Cf. law)). Related: Lawfully; lawfulness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 lawful — [adj] allowable, legitimate authorized, bona fide, canonical, card carrying*, commanded, condign, constitutional, decreed, due, enacted, enforced, enjoined, established, innocent, judged, judicial, jural, juridical, jurisprudent, just,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 lawful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ conforming to, permitted by, or recognized by law or rules. DERIVATIVES lawfully adverb lawfulness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 lawful — Legal; warranted or authorized by the law; having the qualifications prescribed by law; not contrary to nor forbidden by the law; not illegal. The principal distinction between the terms lawful and legal is that the former contemplates the… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 10 lawful — adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. being in harmony with the law < a lawful judgment > b. constituted, authorized, or established by law ; rightful < lawful institutions > 2. law abiding < lawful citizens > • …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 lawful — lawfully, adv. lawfulness, n. /law feuhl/, adj. 1. allowed or permitted by law; not contrary to law: a lawful enterprise. 2. recognized or sanctioned by law; legitimate: a lawful marriage; a lawful heir. 3. appointed or recognized by law; legally …

    Universalium

  • 12 lawful — adj. lawful to + inf. (is it lawful to hunt deer in this state?) * * * [ lɔːf(ə)l] lawful to + inf. (is it lawful to hunt deer in this state?) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 lawful — law|ful [ˈlo:fəl US ˈlo: ] adj formal or law allowed or recognized by law = ↑legal ▪ It is not lawful to kill or injure a pet animal. ▪ a lawful arrest ▪ his lawful wife >lawfully adv >lawfulness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 lawful — law|ful [ lɔfl ] adjective FORMAL 1. ) not against the law: lawful activities 2. ) officially accepted by the government or another authority: a lawful marriage lawful ownership ╾ law|ful|ly adverb: your lawfully wedded husband/wife ╾… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 lawful —  , legal  In many contexts the words can be used interchangeably, but not always. Lawful means permissible under the law (lawful behavior, lawful protest). Legal has that meaning plus the additional sense of relating to the law, as in legal… …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 16 lawful — [[t]lɔ͟ːfʊl[/t]] ADJ GRADED If an activity, organization, or product is lawful, it is allowed by law. [FORMAL] It was lawful for the doctors to treat her in whatever way they considered was in her best interests... Hunting is a lawful activity.… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 lawful — adjective formal or law 1 considered by the government or law courts to be legal and correct: a lawful marriage 2 allowed by law: doubts as to whether these dealings were lawful | lawful forms of protest lawfully adverb lawfulness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 lawful — UK [ˈlɔːf(ə)l] / US [ˈlɔf(ə)l] adjective formal 1) not against the law lawful activities 2) officially accepted by the government or another authority a lawful marriage lawful ownership Derived words: lawfully adverb your lawfully wedded… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 lawful — law•ful [[t]ˈlɔ fəl[/t]] adj. 1) law allowed by law: a lawful enterprise[/ex] 2) law sanctioned by law; legitimate: a lawful heir[/ex] 3) law appointed or recognized by law; legally qualified: a lawful king[/ex] 4) acting or living according to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 lawful — legal, lawful, legitimate, licit 1. All four words share the basic meaning ‘conforming to the law’. Something is legal when it is authorized by the law of the land, legitimate when it conforms to custom or common justice, and lawful (a more old… …

    Modern English usage


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