1. Conformable to law; allowed by law; legitimate; competent.
2. Constituted or authorised by law; rightful; as, the lawful owner of lands. Lawful age, the age when the law recognizes one's right of independent action; majority; generally the age of twenty-one years.
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. Lawfully, Lawfulness.
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... sit back and take it. I am becoming rather annoyed at reports on possible misuse of the mental health legislation, and of possible denial of lawful rights even in circumstances where mental illness may be present. I am going to discuss this with those in a position to help. Be assured, there ...
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