colour of law

colour of law
a mere semblance of legal right; something done with the apparent authority of law but actually in contravention of law

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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