[syn: lawful, legitimate, licit]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lawful \Law"ful\, a.
1. Conformable to law; allowed by law; legitimate; competent.
2. Constituted or authorized by law; rightful; as, the lawful
owner of lands.
Lawful age, the age when the law recognizes one's right of
independent action; majority; -- generally the age of
twenty-one years. Also called legal age or age of
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Note: In some of the States, and for some purposes, a woman
attains lawful age at eighteen. --Abbott.
Syn: Legal; constitutional; allowable; regular; rightful.
Usage: Lawful, Legal. Lawful means conformable to the
principle, spirit, or essence of the law, and is
applicable to moral as well as juridical law. Legal
means conformable to the letter or rules of the law as
it is administered in the courts; conformable to
juridical law. Legal is often used as antithetical to
equitable, but lawful is seldom used in that sense. --
Law"ful*ly, adv. -- Law"ful*ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: conformable to or allowed by law; "lawful methods of
dissent" [ant: unlawful]
2: according to custom or rule or natural law [syn: lawful,
3: having a legally established claim; "the legitimate heir";
"the true and lawful king" [syn: true(a), lawful,
4: authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law; "a
legitimate government" [syn: lawful, legitimate, licit]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
125 Moby Thesaurus words for "lawful":
actionable, admissible, allowable, allowed, applicable, authentic,
authoritative, authorized, balanced, binding, bona fide, candid,
card-carrying, cogent, competent, consistent, constitutional,
de jure, defensible, deserved, dinkum, due, equitable, even,
evenhanded, fair, fair and square, fit, following the letter,
genuine, good, honest, honest-to-God, inartificial, judicial,
juridical, just, justiciable, justifiable, justified, kosher,
lawmaking, legal, legislative, legit, legitimate, legitimized,
level, licit, lifelike, literal, logical, meet, meet and right,
merited, natural, naturalistic, original, permissible, permitted,
proper, pure, real, realistic, right, right and proper, rightful,
sanctionable, sanctioned, self-consistent, simon-pure, simple,
sincere, solid, sound, square, statutory, sterling, substantial,
sufficient, sure-enough, true to life, true to nature,
true to reality, unadulterated, unaffected, unassumed, unassuming,
uncolored, unconcocted, uncopied, uncounterfeited, undisguised,
undisguising, undistorted, unexaggerated, unfabricated, unfanciful,
unfeigned, unfeigning, unfictitious, unflattering, unimagined,
unimitated, uninvented, unpretended, unpretending, unqualified,
unromantic, unsimulated, unspecious, unsynthetic, unvarnished,
valid, verbal, verbatim, veridical, verisimilar, warrantable,
warranted, weighty, well-founded, well-grounded, within the law,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
LAWFUL. That which is not forbidden by law. Id omne licitum est, quod non
est legibus prohibitum, quamobrem, quod, lege permittente, fit, poenam non
meretur. To be valid a contract must be lawful.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
LAWFUL, adj. Compatible with the will of a judge having jurisdiction.