ultra vires

adverb or adjective
ul·​tra vi·​res | \ ˌəl-trə-ˈvī-(ˌ)rēz How to pronounce ultra vires (audio) \

Definition of ultra vires

: beyond the scope or in excess of legal power or authority

Examples of ultra vires in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, the Executive Order exceeds the President’s authority and is therefore ultra vires and void ab initio. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "TikTok Employee Asks Federal Court to Immediately Stop Trump Order," 4 Sep. 2020 That strikes me as ultra vires; liberals can’t stir more poison into the pot. The Economist, "Open Future Is liberalism really kaput?," 4 Dec. 2019 So these regulations are ultra vires and the courts should strike them down. WSJ, "It’s Time to Strike Down the Disparate-Impact Doctrine," 11 Apr. 2018 The idea here is that if a corporation is behaving in a fashion that is deemed ultra vires, or exceeding its legal authority, the state must investigate. Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine, "How state attorneys general could take down Trump.," 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of ultra vires

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ultra vires

New Latin, literally, beyond power

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The first known use of ultra vires was in 1793

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“Ultra vires.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultra%20vires. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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ultra vires

adverb or adjective
ul·​tra vi·​res | \ ˈəl-trə-ˈvī-ˌrēz, ˈu̇l-trä-ˈvē-ˌrās How to pronounce ultra vires (audio) \

Legal Definition of ultra vires

: beyond the scope or in excess of legal power or authority (as of a corporation) the agency acted ultra vires the agreement was ultra vires — compare intra vires

History and Etymology for ultra vires

Latin, beyond the power or means (of)

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