Adjective "lawful" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Conforming to, permitted by, or recognized by law or rules.
  1. 'Paramilitary operatives do not meet any of the prerequisites necessary to be considered lawful combatants.'
  2. 'But we'll do our best to make it as lawful as possible.'
  3. 'In fact, English law renders an arrest lawful if the police officer has reasonable grounds for suspicion.'
  4. 'I don't think it's a good idea to upgrade terrorists into lawful combatants.'
  5. 'The demolition of the Goods Yard may be perfectly lawful.'
  6. 'Reasonableness is essentially a basis for resolving competing claims where otherwise lawful activities conflict.'
  7. 'From the beginning, the United States Constitution recognized capital punishment as lawful.'
  8. 'He also has two convictions for detaining a child without lawful authority, she said.'
  9. '"Customers have nothing to fear if they earned their money from lawful business activities.'
  10. 'Can our motives taint our otherwise lawful acts of ownership?'


1. allowed or permitted by law; not contrary to law: a lawful enterprise.

2. recognized or sanctioned by law; legitimate: a lawful marriage; a lawful heir.

3. appointed or recognized by law; legally qualified: a lawful king.

4. acting or living according to the law; law-abiding: a lawful man; a lawful community.

More examples(as adjective)

"practices can be lawful under laws."

"demands can be lawful in circumstances."

"attendances can be lawful under acts."

"authorities can be lawful."

"visitors can be lawful."

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