ultra vires

[uhl-truh vahy-reez]

Origin of ultra vires

First recorded in 1785–95, ultra vires is from the Latin word ultrā vīrēs literally, beyond strength
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British Dictionary definitions for ultra vires

ultra vires

adverb, adjective
  1. (predicative) law beyond the legal power or authority of a person, corporation, agent, etc

Word Origin for ultra vires

Latin, literally: beyond strength
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Word Origin and History for ultra vires

Latin, literally "beyond powers," from vires "strength, force, vigor, power," plural of vis.

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