ultra vires

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ultra vires beyond the legal power or authority of a person or official or body etc "an ultra vires contract"
    • adv ultra vires beyond the scope or in excess of legal power or authority
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ultra vires Beyond power; transcending authority; -- a phrase used frequently in relation to acts or enactments by corporations in excess of their chartered or statutory rights.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ultra vires beyond one's power or rights
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Law Latin, from L. prep. ultra, beyond + vires, pl. of. vis, strength
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ultra, beyond, vires, pl. of vis, strength.

Usage

In literature:

It is acting ultra vires in providing clean or soiled bills of financial health.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
They had reached Ultra Vires.
"Rebels of the Red Planet" by Charles Louis Fontenay
ULTRA VIRES (L.), beyond one's powers.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
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In poetry:

"'Tis ultra vires!" cried the Knight.
"Besides, it isn't half polite.
And e'en the dullest Glug should know,
'Tis not pro bono publico.
Nay, Glugs, this fellow is no class.
Remember! Vincit veritas!"
"The Debate" by C J Dennis
Said Sym: "Why I am here to-day
I know not; tho' I've heard them say
That strife and hatred play some part
In this great meeting at the Mart.
Nay, brothers, why should hatred lodge . . .
"That's ultra vires!" thundered Stodge.
"The Debate" by C J Dennis