Pronunciation: (lô'ful), [key]
1. allowed or permitted by law; not contrary to law: a lawful enterprise.
2. recognized or sanctioned by law; legitimate: a lawful marriage; a lawful heir.
3. appointed or recognized by law; legally qualified: a lawful king.
4. acting or living according to the law; law-abiding: a lawful man; a lawful community.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.