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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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