the letter of the law

Definition of the letter of the law

  1. :  exactly what the law says They seem to be more concerned with obeying the letter of the law than with understanding the spirit of the law.

Word by Word Definitions

letterplay
  1. :  a symbol usually written or printed representing a speech sound and constituting a unit of an alphabet

    :  a direct or personal written or printed message addressed to a person or organization

    :  literature, belles lettres

  1. :  to set down in letters :  print

    :  to mark with letters

    :  to win an athletic letter

  1. :  one that rents or leases

  1. :  a binding custom or practice of a community :  a rule of conduct or action prescribed (see prescribe 1a) or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority

    :  the whole body of such customs, practices, or rules

    :  common law

  1. :  litigate

    :  to sue or prosecute at law


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