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Examples from the Web for lawful
It also makes the lawful carry of a firearm difficult during warmer months in Texas.A Gun Owner Speaks: My Case for Open Carry
June 12, 2014
Because, they argued, any activity that is “unlawful” under federal law could not by definition be “lawful” under state law.Could You Lose Your Job for Smoking Legal Pot?
January 7, 2014
“All lawful modes of expressing opposition ... had been closed by legislation,” he told the court.Mandela: The Miracle Maker
December 5, 2013
The arms protected, he wrote, were those that are in common use for lawful purposes, like handguns.Justice Scalia Goes Gun Crazy
August 22, 2013
Any intentional use of lethal force is only lawful where strictly necessary in response to a truly imminent threat to life.Neocon Scholar: Keep Bloodying The Brotherhood
August 16, 2013
No man ventured to interfere with this lawful exercise of his authority.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
No lawful passion can ever be so bewildering or ecstatic as an unlawful one.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.
To wish to obtain something in a lawful way is not coveting.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
But I had a feelin' that Josiah Allen wuz, as you may say, my lawful prey.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 1.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
- allowed, recognized, or sanctioned by law; legal
Word Origin and History for lawful
c.1300, laghful; cf. Old Norse logfullr (see law). Related: Lawfully; lawfulness.