- to restore (an outlaw) to the benefits and protection of the law.
Origin of inlaw
- a relative by marriage.
Origin of in-law
Examples from the Web for inlaw
I may not go against the word of the Moot, and inlaw you again by giving you a place.
We are going to hold you as a hostage until your Saxon master or your British father pay ransom for you, and inlaw us again.A Prince of Cornwall
Charles W. Whistler
If the clergy would give him a voluntary gift, which was in no way to be considered a tax, he agreed to inlaw them.
I cannot inlaw you again, Heregar; for that must needs be done in full Moot, as was the outlawry.
- a relative by marriage
- (postpositive; in combination) related by marriagea father-in-law
Word Origin and History for inlaw
1894, "anyone of a relationship not natural," abstracted from father-in-law, etc.
The position of the 'in-laws' (a happy phrase which is attributed ... to her Majesty, than whom no one can be better acquainted with the article) is often not very apt to promote happiness. ["Blackwood's Magazine," 1894]
The earliest recorded use of the phrase is in brother-in-law (13c.); the law is Canon Law, which defines degrees of relationship within which marriage is prohibited.