Definition of lawful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlɔːfl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔːfl//
(formal) Justice
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allowed or recognized by law; legal his lawful heir Can an act that causes death ever be lawful? She is his lawful wife, and so is entitled to inherit the money. opposite unlawful See related entries: Justice
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lawful