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Definition 1: a mere semblance of legal right; something done with the apparent authority of law but actually in contravention of law - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where color of law or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the plaintiff claimed that under color of law the officer had deprived him of his civil rights

Synonyms for color of law in the sense of this definition

(color of law is a kind of ...) an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading

"he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity" "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction" "the situation soon took on a different color"

(color of law belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

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