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Meaning of “lawful” in the English Dictionary

"lawful" in British English

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lawfuladjective

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   us   /-i/
(Definition of lawful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lawfuladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈlɔ·fəl/
permitted by ​law; ​legal: The ​judgeconcluded 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   us   /ˈlɔːfəl/ formal
LAW allowed by ​law: The ​judgeconcluded 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)
Translations of “lawful”
in Arabic قانوني…
in Korean 합법적인…
in Portuguese legal, legítimo…
in Catalan legal, legítim…
in Japanese 合法の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 合法的,依法的…
in Turkish yasal, kanunî…
in Russian законный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 合法的,依法的…
in Italian legale, legittimo…
in Polish legalny…
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