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Definition of Lawful


  1. Conformable to law; allowed by law; legitimate; competent.
  2. Constituted or authorized by law; rightful; as, the lawful owner of lands.

Lawful Quotations

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
H. L. Mencken

The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.
Miguel de Cervantes

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
Anton Chekhov

If it's lawful to have a rifle club to kill pheasants, it should be just as lawful to have one to kill wolves or dogs that are being sicked on little black babies. In fact, it's constitutional. Article Number Two of the constitution guarantees the right of every citizen to own a rifle or a shot gun.
Malcolm X

Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform.
William Penn
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Lawful Translations

lawful in Italian is legittimo, legale
lawful in Latin is legitiums, canonicus, iustus
lawful in Norwegian is rettsmessig, lovlig
lawful in Swedish is laglig
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