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Definition of lawful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

lawful

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˈlɔfl//
 
(formal)
 
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allowed or recognized by law; legal his lawful heir opposite unlawful
NAmE//ˈlɔfəli//
 
adverb a lawfully elected governor The jury agreed that the doctor had acted lawfully.
 
noun [uncountable] They questioned the lawfulness of the decision.
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