act of law

: a change of a person's legal rights, obligations, or liabilities (as in the acquisition of a right or exemption from a liability) arising from the legal effect of some event such as bankruptcy

Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of act of law was in 1818

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“Act of law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/act%20of%20law. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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