within the law

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of within the law

1 :agreeing with the law :legal
  • He says that everything he did was within the law.
2 :in a legal way
  • With the organization under so much scrutiny, it is even more important that they work/operate within the law.

Word by Word Definitions

law play
  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

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

  3. : common law

  1. : litigate

  2. : to sue or prosecute at law


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