[ law-fuhl ]
/ ˈlɔ fəl /


allowed or permitted by law; not contrary to law: a lawful enterprise.
recognized or sanctioned by law; legitimate: a lawful marriage; a lawful heir.
appointed or recognized by law; legally qualified: a lawful king.
acting or living according to the law; law-abiding: a lawful man; a lawful community.

Origin of lawful

First recorded in 1250–1300, lawful is from the Middle English word laghful. See law1, -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for lawfully


/ (ˈlɔːfʊl) /


allowed, recognized, or sanctioned by law; legal

Derived Forms

lawfully, adverblawfulness, noun
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