Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Allowable; permissible; lawful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Allowable; permissible; lawful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Allowable; permissible; lawful.

Etymologies

From Middle English, equivalent to leave (“permission”) +‎ -ful. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And one more very sensible reason is given: "Sithen it is leveful to han the myraclis of God peyntid, why is not as wel leveful to han the myraclis of God pleyed ... and betere thei ben holden in mennus mynde and oftere rehersid by the pleyinge of hem than by the peyntynge, for this is a deed bok, the tother a quick."

    A Literary History of the English People From the Origins to the Renaissance

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