color of law


color of law
noun
a mere semblance of legal right; something done with the apparent authority of law but actually in contravention of law
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the plaintiff claimed that under color of law the officer had deprived him of his civil rights

Syn: ↑colour of law
Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
Hypernyms: ↑semblance, ↑gloss, ↑color, ↑colour

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • color of law — n. The appearance of legal authority without the substance; something that appears to have the authority of law but in fact does not. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.… …   Law dictionary

  • color of law — The appearance or semblance, without the substance, of legal right. Misuse of power, possessed by virtue of state law and made possible only because wrongdoer is clothed with authority of state, is action taken under color of state law. Atkins v …   Black's law dictionary

  • color of law — Mere semblance of a legal right. State ex rel. West v Des Moines, 96 Iowa 521, 65 NW 818 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • under color of law — >> color of law Webster s New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000 …   Law dictionary

  • under color of law — See color of law …   Black's law dictionary

  • color — col·or n: a legal claim to or appearance of a right or authority threats that gave color to an act of self defense usu. used in the phrase under color of a police officer held liable for violating the plaintiff s civil rights under color of state …   Law dictionary

  • color of title — 1: an apparent but invalid title based upon a written instrument or record; also: the instrument itself 2: an apparent ownership claimed by adverse possession Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • law — / lȯ/ n [Old English lagu, of Scandinavian origin] 1: a rule of conduct or action prescribed or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority: as a: a command or provision enacted by a legislature see also statute 1 b:… …   Law dictionary

  • color of office — color of of·fice: the pretense or appearance of official authority in one who is without the authority claimed Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. color of office …   Law dictionary

  • Color (law) — In U.S. law, the term color of denotes the “mere semblance of legal right”, the “pretense or appearance of” right; hence, an action done under color of law colors (adjusts) the law to the circumstance, yet said apparently legal action contravenes …   Wikipedia


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