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"


  1. lawfuladjective

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

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

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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  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. Joe Saboe:

    I think we very quickly realized, as a result of our actions those first few days, Aug. 13, 14 and even 15, that our government didn't have a real plan, and most especially didn’t even have communication with a lot of the families that were trying to get out, including American citizens, lawful permanent residents and especially SIVs (Special Immigration Visas), i think that's when we realized, gosh, we might need a lot of people trying to support this effort.

  2. Keith Kempenich:

    If you stay off the roadway, this would never be an issue, those motorists are going about the lawful, legal exercise of their right to drive down the road….Those people didn’t ask to be in this.

  3. Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan:

    It just means people are going to be screened. cBP officers facilitate lawful trade and travel and process more than 1 million travelers a day at U.S. Ports of Entry.

  4. Elijah Cummings:

    Yesterday, President Trump declared to the entire country that President Trump would obstruct Congress and order all White House officials to defy lawful subpoenas from Congress, today, the Trump Administration went even further by expanding this policy to employees at federal agencies — even when the subpoenas are bipartisan and supported by Republican Members of Congress.

  5. Justice Department:

    We agree with the Court’s conclusion that the program is lawful, and that in passing the USA Freedom Act, Congress provided for a 180 day transition period for the government to continue the existing collection program until the new mechanism of obtaining call detail records is implemented.

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