lawful
adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. being in harmony with the law <
a lawful judgment
>
b. constituted, authorized, or established by law ; rightful <
lawful institutions
>
2. law-abiding <
lawful citizens
>
lawfully adverblawfulness noun Synonyms: lawful, legal, legitimate, licit mean being in accordance with law. lawful may apply to conformity with law of any sort (as natural, divine, common, or canon) <
the lawful sovereign
>
. legal applies to what is sanctioned by law or in conformity with the law, especially as it is written or administered by the courts <
legal residents of the state
>
. legitimate may apply to a legal right or status but also, in extended use, to a right or status supported by tradition, custom, or accepted standards <
a perfectly legitimate question about taxes
>
. licit applies to a strict conformity to the provisions of the law and applies especially to what is regulated by law <
the licit use of drugs by doctors
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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