Meaning of “lawful” in the English Dictionary

"lawful" in British English

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lawfuladjective

uk /ˈlɔː.fəl/ us /ˈlɑː.fəl/ formal

(Definition of “lawful” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lawful" in American English

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lawfuladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈlɔ·fəl/

permitted by law; legal:

The judge concluded that the search of the house had been lawful.

(Definition of “lawful” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lawful" in Business English

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lawfuladjective

uk /ˈlɔːfəl/ us 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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(Definition of “lawful” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)