Origin of lawful
Examples from the Web for lawful
It also makes the lawful carry of a firearm difficult during warmer months in Texas.
Because, they argued, any activity that is “unlawful” under federal law could not by definition be “lawful” under state law.
“All lawful modes of expressing opposition ... had been closed by legislation,” he told the court.
The arms protected, he wrote, were those that are in common use for lawful purposes, like handguns.
Any intentional use of lethal force is only lawful where strictly necessary in response to a truly imminent threat to life.
Sin is not canceled by lawful living, for no person is able to live up to the Law.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
"There is the token that I was a lawful wife; and there, also, a memorial that I was a—" She paused.
Inability to compel payment of wages in cash; so that employer may pay in truck or scrip not redeemable in lawful money.Ethics|John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
So they went to Father Zeus and prayed that it might be lawful to them to stop him in his fury.Stories of the Old world|Alfred John Church
He commended her body, and discoursed that for all he knew the thing was lawful.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete|Samuel Pepys
British Dictionary definitions for lawful
Word Origin and History for lawful
c.1300, laghful; cf. Old Norse logfullr (see law). Related: Lawfully; lawfulness.