Origin of lawful
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1. legal. 2. licit.
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Examples from the Web for lawfully
The DEA will continue to work with state officials so the state can lawfully obtain the seeds.Kentucky Tells Feds: Hands Off Our Hemp!
May 21, 2014
Dreamers, he says, “are considered to be lawfully present despite lacking valid immigration status.”
Thanks to the Obama directive, Dreamers soon will be lawfully present.
At the bottom of the form, he scrawled, “Insufficient information provided to lawfully issue subpoena.”The Tiger Coverup
May 3, 2010
Can you say that it was lawfully born according to your Christian marriage?The Woman Thou Gavest Me
In this all that can lawfully be inflicted upon the convict is involved.The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences
I have just as much regard for one lawfully divorced as I have for one lawfully married.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
But I never have had any contact with any man but my lawfully wedded husband.
Well, you must have got it from your lawfully wedded husband then.
- allowed, recognized, or sanctioned by law; legal
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Word Origin and History for lawfully
c.1300, laghful; cf. Old Norse logfullr (see law). Related: Lawfully; lawfulness.
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