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Lawfully Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    lawfully adv
  1. in a manner acceptable to common custom; "you cannot do this legitimately!" [syn: legitimately, licitly] [ant: illegitimately, illegally, illegitimately]
  2. by law; conforming to the law; "we are lawfully wedded now" [syn: legally, wrongfully, de jure] [ant: unlawfully]
Lawfully Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.
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    * Justice requires that to lawfully constituted Authority there be given that respect and obedience which is its due that the laws which are made shall be in wise conformity with the common good and that, as a matter of conscience all men shall render obedience to these laws. - Pope Pius XI

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