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ultra vires

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adverb or adjective ul·tra vi·res \ˌəl-trə-ˈvī-(ˌ)rēz\

Definition of ultra vires

  1. :  beyond the scope or in excess of legal power or authority



Origin and Etymology of ultra vires

New Latin, literally, beyond power


First Known Use: 1793


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ultra vires

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adverb or adjective ul·tra vi·res \ˈəl-trə-ˈvī-ˌrēz, ˈu̇l-trä-ˈvē-ˌrās\

Legal Definition of ultra vires

  1. :  beyond the scope or in excess of legal power or authority (as of a corporation) <the agency acted ultra vires> <the agreement was ultra vires> — compare intra vires



Origin and Etymology of ultra vires

Latin, beyond the power or means (of)


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