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lawful adjective


permitted by law; not against the law
Students who are conducting lawful activities are welcome on campus.

In a criminal case a man had found his girlfriend drinking with another man, with whom she’d been having an affair. He went away and came back late with a cutthroat razor. He said that it had only been his intention to scare. However, his girlfriend was a bit unsteady on her feet having had too much to drink. She fell against him, and her throat was cut. She later died. In finding him guilty of murder, the judge stated the difference between death following a lawful act and death following an unlawful act. Death that follows a lawful act may be manslaughter. But waving a sharp razor around is an unlawful act in itself, and therefore the man was guilty of murdering his girlfriend – regardless of his intention.

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