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English definition of “lawful”

lawful

adjective     /ˈlɔː.fəl/ US  /ˈlɑː-/ formal
allowed by the law: Judge Keenan concluded that the surveillance had been lawful. He said he was going about his lawful business as a journalist.Legal and illegal lawfully     /-i/ adverb
(Definition of lawful adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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