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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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    • Mark Duggan lawfully killed, inquest finds
      Jury decides Duggan was killed lawfully despite concluding he was not holding gun when he was shot by police Mark Duggan did not have a gun in his hand when he was shot dead by police, having thrown the weapon away when the taxi he was in was stopped, but was lawfully killed, an inquest jury ruled on Wednesday. There were angry scenes in court as Duggan's fami Read more on this news related to 'Lawfully'
    • Lawfully carrying firearm allowed at Secretary of State offices, spokesman says
      If someone lawfully carrying a firearm needed his or her license plate tabs renewed, an employee would complete the transaction as normal and the person could continue on his or her way, Fred Woodhams said. Read more on this news related to 'Lawfully'
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