adjective satellite according to custom or rule or natural law
adjective satellite having a legally established claim
the legitimate heir
the true and lawful king
adjective satellite authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
a legitimate government
Conformable to law; allowed by law; legitimate; competent.
Constituted or authorized by law; rightful; as, the lawful owner of lands. = legal age ✍ In some of the States, and for some purposes, a woman attains lawful age at eighteen. Abbott.Syn. -- Legal; constitutional; allowable; regular; rightful. -- 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.