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Lawful, 1) rightful, legitimate: “spend the dowry of a l. bed,” Lucr. 938. “in the l. name of marrying,” Wiv. IV, 6, 50; cf. As III, 3, 71; All's III, 7, 45; H6C III, 3, 57; H8 II, 4, 53; 226; Lr. IV, 6, 118; Cymb. II, 5, 9; Per. I, 1, 82. “l. means,” Merch. IV, 1, 9. “a l. cause,” Shr. I, 2, 29. “claim,” John. I, 9. “king,” II, 95; 222; R2 III, 3, 74; H6A V, 4, 140; H6B V, 1, 4; H6C I, 1, 137; 150; II, 2, 86; III, 3, 29; V, 1, 88; R3 I, 3, 147. “l. power,” John III, 1, 172. “heir,” H6A II, 5, 65. “progeny,” III, 3, 61. “magistrate,” H6C I, 2, 23. “suit,” R3 III, 7, 203. “form,” Cor. III, 1, 325. “censure,” III, 3, 46. “ceremonies,” Caes. III, 1, 241. “race,” Ant. III, 13, 107.
Adverbially: “to link with him that were not l. chosen,” H6C III, 3, 115. “another's l. promised bride,” Tit. I, 298.
2) allowed, not forbidden, not contrary to law: “a l. kiss,” Lucr. 387. “a little harm done to a great good end for l. policy remains enacted,” Lucr. 387 “be it l. I love thee,” Sonn. 142, 9. Meas. II, 1, 238. II, 4, 112. LLL IV, 3, 285. All's III, 7, 30. All's III, 7, 30 Wint. II, 2, 11. V, 3, 105. V, 3, 105 John III, 1, 180. H5 IV, 8, 122. R3 I, 2, 8. Troil. V, 3, 20. Hml. III, 1, 32. Lr. I, 1, 256. IV, 6, 266. Oth. I, 2, 51.
3) just, well-founded, acting on good authority: “to guard the l. reasons on thy part,” Sonn. 49, 12. “thy just and l. aid,” H6C III, 3, 32. “in session sit with meditations l.” Oth. III, 3, 141.
4) provided by law, concerning the administration of justice: “and'gainst myself a l. plea commence,” Sonn. 35, 11 (a plea as in a law-suit). “a l. hangman,” Meas. IV, 2, 18. “what l. quest have given their verdict up,” R3 I, 4, 189. “set down by l. counsel,” Cymb. I, 4, 178 (i. e. by lawyers).
5) righteous, loyal, faithful, honorable: “rest thy unrest on England's l. earth, unlawfully made drunk,” R3 IV, 4, 29. “to use my l. sword,” Cor. V, 6, 131 (cf. Lawless).
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