Origin of lawful
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1. legal. 2. licit.
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Examples from the Web for lawfulness
But it will be proper to consider how far the lawfulness, which Virgil speaks of, extends.The Rights of War and Peace
But else there is no necessity of it, and therefore no lawfulness.A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)
In one thing, then, did Francis mishear the edict of lawfulness.The Life of Francis Thompson
True, you may have a scruple of conscience as to the lawfulness of allowing a sin which you might prevent.Hypatia
The ministers were consulted regarding the lawfulness of resistance to force.The Beginners of a Nation
- allowed, recognized, or sanctioned by law; legal
Word Origin and History for lawfulness
c.1300, laghful; cf. Old Norse logfullr (see law). Related: Lawfully; lawfulness.
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