the spirit of the law

Definition of the spirit of the law

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

spiritplay
  1. :  an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms

    :  a supernatural being or essence: such as

    :  holy spirit

  1. :  to infuse with spirit

    :  animate

    :  to carry off usually secretly or mysteriously

  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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