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English definition of “lawful”

lawful

adjective uk   /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.
lawfully
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
(Definition of lawful from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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