lawful lawful  /ˈlɔ fəl/


  1. (adj) conformable to or allowed by law
  2. (adj) according to custom or rule or natural law
  3. (adj) having a legally established claim
  4. (adj) authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law


  1. Though he'd acquired them illegally, Bryant used guns at Port Arthur that were lawful in Tasmania at the time.
  2. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place.
  3. Yet, homosexuals may be lawful foster parents in Florida and care for our most fragile children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned.


  1. Tech companies reveal details of NSA data requests

    In the light of last week’s PRISM revelations the major tech companies have all been quick to deny that they allow the NSA direct access to their servers. But they have also said that they respond to lawful requests for data and have been revealing the numbers involved. Apple says it received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from US federal, state and local law enforcement agencies for customer ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: BetaNews

  2. Liberty in shambles

    By Andrew P. Napolitano When British soldiers were roaming the American countryside in the 1760s with lawful search warrants with which they had authorized themselves to enter the private ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Mckeesport Daily News

  3. Life and law

    It is a sad state of affairs we have today in this republic of ours. We started with such good, lawful intentions, and were slowly blessed to become the greatest, most powerful people the world has ever seen, but over the last 100 years, we’ve declined.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Pagosa Springs Sun


  1. ...John Roberts, writing for the six-judge majority, stated that such actions "meant to 'promot[e] peaceable, lawful conduct' ...... can further terrorism: Such support frees up other resources within the organization that may be put to...
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: John Roberts Source: World Socialist Web Site

  2. "It would restrict the CIA's range of acceptable interrogation methods to those provided in the Army Field Manual," Mr Bush said. "The procedures in this manual were designed for use by soldiers questioning lawful combatants captured on the...
    on Mar 9, 2008 By: President Bush Source: ABC Online

  3. Biden said Hayden ought "not to be the judge of whether or not his ordering or his condoning the destroying of the tapes was lawful."
    on Dec 8, 2007 By: Joe Biden Source: USA Today

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