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From Middle English laweful, equivalent to law +‎ -ful, conflated with Middle English leful, leeful, leveful (according to law, lawful, pertaining to law). See also leveful.

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lawful (comparative more lawful, superlative most lawful)

  1. (law) Conforming to, or recognised by the laws of society.
    Lawful money is always a land asset and can only be issued by an actual land jurisdiction government — not a corporation.
    Synonyms: just, legal, legitimate, licit
    Antonyms: nonlawful, unlawful
  2. Operating according to some law or fundamental principle.
    • 2014, George Ortega, Free Will: Its Refutation, Societal Cost and Role in Climate Change Denial
      [] so that the person's actions are merely the inevitable product of lawful causes stemming from prior events []

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lawful

  1. Alternative form of laweful