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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]


Conformable to or allowed by law

Context example:

lawful methods of dissent


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


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

square; straight (characterized by honesty and fairness)


lawfulness (the quality of conforming to law)


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

Sense 2lawful [BACK TO TOP]


According to custom or rule or natural law


rule-governed; lawful; orderly


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

Sense 3lawful [BACK TO TOP]


Having a legally established claim


rightful; lawful; true

Context examples:

the legitimate heir / the true and lawful king


legitimate (of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful)

Sense 4lawful [BACK TO TOP]


Authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law


licit; lawful; legitimate

Context example:

a legitimate government


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

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