lawful

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lawful conformable to or allowed by law "lawful methods of dissent"
    • adj lawful authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law "a legitimate government"
    • adj lawful having a legally established claim "the legitimate heir","the true and lawful king"
    • adj lawful according to custom or rule or natural law
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Limbs of the Law Limbs of the Law
MR. BONAR LAW PACKS HIS TRUNKS MR. BONAR LAW PACKS HIS TRUNKS
Seeing Ourselves in the Looking-Glass of God's Law Seeing Ourselves in the Looking-Glass of God's Law

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Arizona, you cannot Drive past the same place more then 3 times in one hour. Its a law.
    • Lawful Conformable to law; allowed by law; legitimate; competent.
    • Lawful Constituted or authorized by law; rightful; as, the lawful owner of lands.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Clawson, Mich., there is a law that makes it legal for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.
    • lawful Allowed by law; legitimate; not contrary to law; free from legal objection: as, that is deemed lawful which no law forbids; many things are lawful which are not expedient.
    • lawful Constituted or supported by law; capable of being enforced by law; rightful: as, lawful demands; the lawful owner of lands.
    • lawful Possessing full legal rights.
    • lawful Synonyms Allowable, permissible, regular.
    • lawful Lawful, Legal, Legitimate, Licit, legalized, authorized, constitutional, just. Between lawful and legal there is really the same difference in breadth that there is between law and legislation or statute. (See law.) Legal is exact, meaning conformed to the law of the land, and having little figurative use: as, legal interest; a legal act. Lawful means not opposed to law, primarily to the law of the land, but with a good deal of freedom in figurative extension: it is unlike law, however, in always seeming figurative when carried beyond its primary meaning. Legitimate has as one of its primary meanings the idea of being born under law: as, a legitimate child; its other meanings are kindred. A legitimate inference is one that is drawn in conformity witll the laws of truth or thought. That which is legitimate is generally something made or done in conformity to law, principle, justice, fairness, or propriety. Licit is rarely used except in the phrase licit or illicit; these words apply to that which is lawful or unlawful, or perhaps only legal or illegal, in trade, relations, or especially intercourse, illicit expressing much more opprobrium than unlawful or illegal. See criminal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Tulsa, Oklahoma the limit on kisses is three minutes (by law).
    • adj Lawful allowed by law: rightful
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Quotations

  • Oliver Cromwell
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    “Necessity has no law.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “Who saves his country violates no law.”
  • Indian Proverb
    Indian Proverb
    “Nonviolence is the supreme law of life.”
  • David Hume
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    “The law always limits every power it gives.”
  • Anton Chekhov
    Anton Chekhov
    “Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it.”

Idioms

Law of unintended consequences - Events and/or actions that result from the implementation of a law or rule that the makers of the law did not expect.
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Law unto yourself - If somebody's a law unto themselves, they do what they believe is right regardless of what is generally accepted as correct.
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Lay down the law - If someone lays down the law, they tell people what to do and are authoritarian.
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Sod's law - Sod's law states that if something can go wrong then it will.
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Spirit of the law - The spirit of the law is the idea or ideas that the people who made the law wanted to have effect.
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Word of the law - The word of the law means that the law is interpreted in an absolutely literal way which goes against the ideas that the lawmakers had wished to implement.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. lawe—A.S. lagu, from licgan, to lie; Ice. lōg.

Usage

In literature:

The evasion of law is as truly a lawyer's work as compliance with law.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
I left the matter to the law, with what results the records of the law's failure in these matters has shown.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
The law of the 'Twelve Tables,' which was the principal of the Roman laws, ordains the same punishment.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Now, it is the law of Virginia, not because it is the common law, but because statutes made it the law of Virginia.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The moral law is a law of the causality through freedom, and therefore of the possibility of a super-sensible system of nature.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
As a student of the law, he may have lived in Lyon's Inn and the Middle Temple.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
The law of God is the law of Christ, and obedience to Christ is subjection to God.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
The laws were impotent.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
That law, I say, is the proper basis of distinction between rich and poor.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
The truth of my contention is proved by the fact that nowadays all our laws are emergency laws, a thing that no law should ever be.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
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In poetry:

Stone of the Law indeed,
Thine own self couldst thou read;
Thy bliss
Within thee is.
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
I know, I alone
How much it hurts, this heart
With no faith nor law
Nor melody nor thought.
"I Know, I Alone" by Fernando Pessoa
I am the undertow
Washing tides of power
Battering the pillars
Under your things of high law.
"Under" by Carl Sandburg
Will grant that peace be,
On law well grounded;
This was his promise,
His people's longing.—
"Bergliot" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
All things are ruled by law;
'Tis only in man's will
You meet a feeble flaw;
But fate is weaving still
"Inevitable" by Abram Joseph Ryan
"I am the law of planets,
I am the guide of man;
The evening and the morning
Are fashioned to my plan.
"Earth Voices" by Bliss William Carman

In news:

Adelphi University and New York Law School have created a joint law degree program that allows students to complete a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years, spending three years at each school.
People's Law School aims to ' demystify ' the law for lay people.
Elias Abuelazam's ex-mother-in-law in disbelief former son-in-law is Flint serial stabber suspect.
FLINT, Michigan — The former mother-in-law of Elias Abuelazam said she's in shock that her former son-in-law is suspected as the Flint serial stabber.
State laws Federal laws Contacts *PLEASE NOTE: The National Conference of State Legislatures serves state legislators and their staff.
Gleason who sponsored the legislation to better protect law enforcement was on hand today when Snyder signed the new law.
Says it has mixed feelings over the Supreme Court decision on the Arizona immigration law, but say they are glad most of the provisions in the law did not pass.
Copyright law is admittedly amorphous—in the first fair-use case, back in 1841, Justice Joseph Story called it "the metaphysics of the law"—and the publishers have filed an appeal.
Annette Gordon-Reed is an associate professor of law at New York Law School.
Seems there are almost as many theories about how to change the tax laws as there are citizens to whom the laws apply.
Tom Horn made his name in law enforcement -- even if many of his actions straddled the law.
The three-day Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law, sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law, will be held this fall in Austin.
Herman, Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, has served as the president of the American Civil Liberties Union since 2008.
The law was struck down by voters this week, and Governor Snyder has said he would support a new law.
The state Law Revision Commission has released its report on the State Liquor Authority and the Alcohol Beverage Control Law its charged with enforcing.
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In science:

From this invariance it follows that the law of the random measure µ is the same as the law of the random measure τxµ.
Statistics of a vortex filament model
W (C ) changes its behavior from the area law to the perimeter law as p increases.
Self-Duality and Phase Structure of the 4D Random-Plaquette Z_2 Gauge Model
In fact, the law of the hitting time of the totally asymmetric simple exclusion process (TASEP) starting from Heaviside initial condition can be related with the law of the largest eigenvalue of a Wishart matrix.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
Note however that unless the joint law of (A, B ) is given, this result does not describe entirely the law µ∗t .
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
Here RV (α) denotes the class of positive functions which are regularly varying with index α at ∞.] From this, and analogous statements for lim sup and lim inf , known results about L´evy processes such as strong laws and laws of the iterated logarithm can easily be deduced.
Stochastic bounds for Levy processes
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