the spirit of the law

noun phrase

Definition of the spirit of the law

: the aim or purpose of a law when it was written They seem to be more concerned with obeying the letter of the law than with understanding the spirit of the law.

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“The spirit of the law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20spirit%20of%20the%20law. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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