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
lawful citizens
law·ful·ly adv
law·ful·ness n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective according to fiat, according to law, allowable, allowed, authorized by law, conformable to law, conformable with the law, constitutional, established, in accordance with the law, in conformity to the law, inviolable, juridic, law-abiding, legal, legalized, legitimate, legitimus, licit, nomothetic, obedient, permissible, permitted, prescribed by law, proper, sanctioned, sanctioned by law, statutable, statutory, unprohibited, valid, warranted by law, within the law associated concepts: lawful act, lawful age, lawful beneficiary, lawful business, lawful command, lawful custody, lawful damages, lawful entry, lawful heirs, lawful interest, lawful issue, lawful order, lawful possession, lawful process, lawful purpose, lawful representative, lawful use II index allowable, allowed, choate lien, civic, clean, de jure, due (regular), forensic, juridical, just, justifiable, legal, legitimate (rightful), licit, permissible, rightful, statutory, unalienable, valid

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Legal; permitted by law.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

adj. Permissible; not contravening a law.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Licit; legally warranted or authorized.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Licit; legally warranted or authorized.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.


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