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Meaning of lawful

law•ful

Pronunciation: (lô'ful), [key]
— adj.
  1. allowed or permitted by law; not contrary to law: a lawful enterprise.
  2. recognized or sanctioned by law; legitimate: a lawful marriage; a lawful heir.
  3. appointed or recognized by law; legally qualified: a lawful king.
  4. acting or living according to the law; law-abiding: a lawful man; a lawful community.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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