What does lawful mean?

Definitions for lawful
ˈlɔ fəllaw·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lawfuladjective

    conformable to or allowed by law

    "lawful methods of dissent"

  2. lawful, rule-governedadjective

    according to custom or rule or natural law

  3. true(a), lawful, rightful(a)adjective

    having a legally established claim

    "the legitimate heir"; "the true and lawful king"

  4. lawful, legitimate, licitadjective

    authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

    "a legitimate government"

Wiktionary

  1. lawfuladjective

    Conforming to, permitted by, or recognised by law or rules.

  2. Etymology: From laweful, equivalent to, conflated with leful, leeful, leveful. See also leveful.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lawfuladjective

    Agreeable to law; conformable to law; allowed legal by law; legitimate.

    Etymology: law and full.

    It is not lawful for thee to have her. Mat. xiv. 4.

    Gloster’s bastard son was kinder to his father, than my daughters, got ’tween the lawful sheets. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

Wikipedia

  1. lawful

    Law is a set of rules that are created and are enforceable by social or governmental institutions to regulate behavior, with its precise definition a matter of longstanding debate. It has been variously described as a science and as the art of justice. State-enforced laws can be made by a group legislature or by a single legislator, resulting in statutes; by the executive through decrees and regulations; or established by judges through precedent, usually in common law jurisdictions. Private individuals may create legally binding contracts, including arbitration agreements that adopt alternative ways of resolving disputes to standard court litigation. The creation of laws themselves may be influenced by a constitution, written or tacit, and the rights encoded therein. The law shapes politics, economics, history and society in various ways and serves as a mediator of relations between people. Legal systems vary between jurisdictions, with their differences analysed in comparative law. In civil law jurisdictions, a legislature or other central body codifies and consolidates the law. In common law systems, judges may make binding case law through precedent, although on occasion this may be overturned by a higher court or the legislature. Historically, religious law has influenced secular matters and is, as of the 21st century, still in use in some religious communities. Sharia law based on Islamic principles is used as the primary legal system in several countries, including Iran and Saudi Arabia.The scope of law can be divided into two domains. Public law concerns government and society, including constitutional law, administrative law, and criminal law. Private law deals with legal disputes between individuals and/or organisations in areas such as contracts, property, torts/delicts and commercial law. This distinction is stronger in civil law countries, particularly those with a separate system of administrative courts; by contrast, the public-private law divide is less pronounced in common law jurisdictions.Law provides a source of scholarly inquiry into legal history, philosophy, economic analysis and sociology. Law also raises important and complex issues concerning equality, fairness, and justice.

ChatGPT

  1. lawful

    Lawful refers to something that is in accordance with, conforms to, or is recognized by law or rules. It pertains to something permitted, established, or not prohibited by law, thus legal or legitimate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lawfuladjective

    conformable to law; allowed by law; legitimate; competent

  2. Lawfuladjective

    constituted or authorized by law; rightful; as, the lawful owner of lands

Editors Contribution

  1. lawful

    In compliance with the law.

    The acts of the parliament were in accordance with the law.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lawful in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lawful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of lawful in a Sentence

  1. Nikki Haley:

    Impeding Ukraine's lawful transit through Kerch Strait is a violation under international law. It is an arrogant act that the international community must condemn and will never accept.

  2. Sir Francis Bacon, Of Empire:

    For there is no question but a just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war.

  3. Justice Department:

    The settlement agreement also requires McDonald's to compensate lawful permanent resident employees of McDonald's-owned restaurants who lost work or lost their jobs due to these documentary practices.

  4. Ken Paxton:

    I applaud the Supreme Court for following the law and refusing to order mail-in balloting that the Texas Legislature has forbidden. Universal mail-in ballots, which are notoriously vulnerable to fraud, would only lead to greater election fraud and disenfranchise lawful voters, state election officials have many options available to safely and securely hold elections without risking widespread fraud. My office will continue to fight for safe, free and fair elections.

  5. Rick Ector:

    Drive-through robberies and carjackings are two compelling reasons why we need to amend Michigan law to allow a lawful handgun owner to legally carry a loaded and accessible pistol without a CPL.

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