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

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