at law

[ at law ]

  1. (of legal proceedings or remedies) under the law, sometimes according to the common law or codified law, rather than to what is fair in a particular case; by law:The will, now lost, would have benefited the whole community, but at law the next of kin is the sole heir.: Compare equity defs. 4a, b.

Origin of at law

First recorded in 1560–70

Words Nearby at law Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use at law in a sentence

  • Under the laws of descent its title vests equally in the heirs-at-law, the nephews of the deceased.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy