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English definition of “lawful”

lawful

adjective
 
 
/ˈlɔːfəl/ formal
LAW allowed by law: The judge concluded that the search of the offices had been lawful.lawful authority/excuse/purpose He pleaded that the respondents had no lawful authority to demolish his client's building.
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