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Definition of "lawful" []

  • Being within the law; allowed by law: lawful methods of dissent. (adjective)
  • Established, sanctioned, or recognized by the law: the lawful heir. (adjective)
  • Obeying the law; law-abiding. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lawful" in a sentence
  • "It only prohibits *lawful* use, and if the use of weapons for self-defense were prohibited by any law, they would not be a lawful use, and thus not prohibited by this law."
  • "All _lawful_ commands would involve a question -- what are lawful commands?"
  • "While the term lawful access sounds innocuous, the program, which dates back to 2002, represents law enforcement's desire to re-make Canada's networks to allow for lawful interception of private communications."