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English adjective: lawful

1. lawful conformable to or allowed by law


SamplesLawful methods of dissent.


Similarlaw-abiding, observant


See alsolegal, square, straight


Attributelawfulness


Antonymsunlawful

2. lawful according to custom or rule or natural law


Synonymsrule-governed


Similarregular


Antonymsirregular

3. lawful having a legally established claim


SamplesThe legitimate heir.
The true and lawful king.


Synonymsrightful, true


Similarlegitimate


Antonymsillegitimate

4. lawful authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law


SamplesA legitimate government.


Synonymslegitimate, licit


Similarlegal


Antonymsillegal









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