One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adverb & adjectiveLaw
Beyond one's legal power or authority.as adjective ‘jurisdictional errors render the decision ultra vires’
- ‘Delegated legislation is also subject to control by the courts whose judges can declare a piece of delegated legislation to be ultra vires.’
- ‘It is not suggested that Byelaw 20 was itself ultra vires the powers which the primary legislation conferred upon the British Railways Board.’
- ‘As a result, a taxpayer who has made a payment pursuant to ultra vires legislation has a right to restitution.’
- ‘An ultra vires act is one beyond the purposes or powers of a corporation.’
- ‘This lesson provides an overview of the historical significance of the ultra vires doctrine, its subsequent decline in importance, and its modern status.’
Latin, literally ‘beyond the powers’.
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