lawfully lawfully  /ˈlɔ fə li/


  1. (adv) in a manner acceptable to common custom
  2. (adv) by law; conforming to the law



  1. The judicial establishment is more comfortable executing convicts when the appeals process has been lawfully exhausted so the state doesn't appear bloodthirsty.
  2. Sandia responded to PTI with a statement: Sandia does its work in the national interest lawfully.
  3. The Central filed another petition asking whether Young's slate could be lawfully seated if elected, but chances for a favorable ruling on that seemed slim, too.


  1. State AG gives Salinas OK to sue Castañeda

    The state Attorney General's office late Tuesday gave Salinas officials permission to sue Councilman Jose Castañeda in a bid to resolve whether he can lawfully continue to serve as a trustee on the Alisal Union school board and the City Council at the sam
    on July 3, 2013     Source: The Salinas Californian

  2. Same-sex weddings resume in Sonoma County

    My lawfully wedded spouse. Those words resounded Monday at the county Clerk's Office as gay couples exercised their newly legal right to marry.
    on July 2, 2013     Source: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat


  1. In his dissent, Judge John Paul Stevens wrote that there's nothing wrong with honoring soldiers in that manner, but the government "cannot lawfully do so by continued endorsement of a starkly sectarian message."
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: John Paul Stevens Source: Lompoc Record

  2. Mr Brown told journalists at Downing Street, "What has happened, where political donations have not been lawfully declared, is completely unacceptable, cannot be justified in any way, and this behaviour should never happen again in future."...
    on Nov 28, 2007 By: Gordon Brown Source: ic Wales

  3. "I continue to believe that we can respect and honor the Second Amendment right in our Constitution -- the rights of sportsmen and hunters and homeowners that want to keep their families safe -- to lawfully bear arms, while dealing with assault...
    on Apr 16, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: CNN International

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