Definition of 'lawful'
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The older man was earlier held on suspicion of aiding an offender and stopping lawful burial. The Sun (2015)The jury could return an open verdict if it did not think that the elements necessary to prove lawful killing were present. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The Crown case was that the lawful activity which they had intentionally disrupted was retail selling. Times, Sunday Times (2014)First, he says "all things are lawful but not all things are profitable. Christianity Today (2000)But how often in history has the lawful killing of combatants provoked large-scale public outrage? Times, Sunday Times (2013)Delivering a majority verdict after nearly nine hours of deliberation, the jury found that the killing was lawful. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The jurors also did not accept the electrician's death was a lawful killing and returned an open verdict last Friday. The Sun (2008)
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British English: lawful ADJECTIVE
If an activity, organization, or product is lawful, it is allowed by law.
It was lawful for the doctors to treat her in whatever way they considered was in her best interests.
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