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LAWFUL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lawful mean? 

LAWFUL (adjective)
  The adjective LAWFUL has 4 senses:

1. conformable to or allowed by law
2. according to custom or rule or natural law
3. having a legally established claim
4. authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

  Familiarity information: LAWFUL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LAWFUL (adjective)


Sense 1lawful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conformable to or allowed by law

Context example:

lawful methods of dissent

Similar:

law-abiding; observant ((of individuals) adhering strictly to laws and rules and customs)

Also:

legal (established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules)

square; straight (characterized by honesty and fairness)

Attribute:

lawfulness (the quality of conforming to law)

Antonym:

unlawful (contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law)


Sense 2lawful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

According to custom or rule or natural law

Synonyms:

rule-governed; lawful; orderly

Similar:

regular (in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle)


Sense 3lawful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a legally established claim

Synonyms:

rightful; lawful; true

Context examples:

the legitimate heir / the true and lawful king

Similar:

legitimate (of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful)


Sense 4lawful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

Synonyms:

licit; lawful; legitimate

Context example:

a legitimate government

Similar:

legal (established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules)


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