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Synonyms for lawful
ˈlɔ fəllaw·ful

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  1. lawfuladjective

    just, legitimate, permissible, licit


  2. lawfuladjective

    Conforming to, permitted by, or recognised by law or rules.

    just, legitimate, permissible, licit


Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. lawful

    legal, permissible, orderly, right, allowable, fair, constitutional, rightful, legitimate

    illegal, impermissible, unlawful, wrong, lawless, unfair

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lawfuladjective

    conformable to or allowed by law

    "lawful methods of dissent"

    rule-governed, licit, rightful(a), true(a), legitimate

    outlaw(a), lawless, illegitimate, wrongful, illegal, irregular, wide-open, unlawful

  2. lawful, rule-governedadjective

    according to custom or rule or natural law

    rule-governed, licit, rightful(a), true(a), legitimate

    illegitimate, lawless, illegal, wide-open, outlaw(a), wrongful, unlawful, irregular

  3. true(a), lawful, rightful(a)adjective

    having a legally established claim

    "the legitimate heir"; "the true and lawful king"

    wide-open, irregular, unlawful, illegitimate, lawless, outlaw(a), wrongful, illegal

  4. lawful, legitimate, licitadjective

    authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

    "a legitimate government"

    rule-governed, licit, logical, rightful(a), true(a), legitimate

    unlawful, lawless, wide-open, illegitimate, illegal, irregular, outlaw(a), wrongful

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. lawfuladjective

    legal, legalized, legitimate, constitutional

  2. lawfuladjective

    allowable, permissible

  3. lawfuladjective

    rightful, just, proper

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. lawfuladjective

    legal, legitimate, licit, legalized


PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "lawful":

    licit, legitimate, legal, rightful, statutory, legally

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  1. Carol Swain:

    BLM does not want young Black men and women to know the importance of individual choice in determining how an encounter with police will end. Instead of modeling lawful behavior, BLM and progressive politicians in Congress seem to hold the regressive belief that Black people are always right even when they are clearly wrong, many progressives — White and Black — hold a dangerous belief that black people are justified in challenging and disobeying lawful police orders. This encourages a dangerous double standard that erodes the rule of law and contributes to more criminal behavior.

  2. Mick Mulroy:

    Targeting generals is fully lawful, targeting non-combatant civilians is not, Mulroy said. If Russian generals don't want to be targeted, they should withdraw their forces and return to Russia.

  3. The Department:

    The Town of Rocky Mount fully supports all lawful expressions of freedom of speech and assembly by The Town of Rocky Mount employees but does not condone the unlawful acts that occurred that day, based on the available information, The Philadelphia Police Department has notified federal authorities and the individuals that were present at the event are on administrative leave pending review.

  4. David Hammond:

    Someone who is at sea, has no food and has put people at notice that they are in trouble within the sight of land, I would say there is a lawful obligation for governments to help them.

  5. Peter Sloly:

    No officers are on days off, everyone has been working, we are stretched to the limit, but we are 100 percent committed to using everything we have to end this demonstration. We can not do it alone. That's why I have been advocating for all three levels of government to bring whatever they can bring to bear on the permanent, sustainable, lawful safe resolution of this demonstration.

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