the spirit of the law

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the spirit of the law

The intended meaning of a law by those who wrote it, as opposed to a literal interpretation thereof. It's quite apparent that the CEOs of these companies, while technically acting legally, have violated the spirit of the law in order to further their own profits at the expense of their clients and employees.
See also: law, of, spirit
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Wright Ones NEWMARKET (today) 2pm Spirit Of The Law 2.
But to be successful, it's also critical that our culture demonstrates an unfailing commitment to conducting our business in compliance with both the letter and spirit of the law and our Code of Conduct and with a high degree of professionalism.
George Chaloner's 5lb allowance helped Spirit Of the Law (7-2) take the feature Caledonia Best Handicap by three-quarters of a length.
This violates the spirit of the law in terms of the 25-child limit.
Barack Obama in teaching us legal theories that are both radical and non-existent, when he contended: "Apple has violated the spirit of the law if not the letter of the law.
This leads to long-term development of storage facilities in installments that will be successively operating with a sense of flexibility to design changes in the spirit of the law 2006-739
The official added in his statement that while freedom of opinion and expression was guaranteed within the constitution and the law, people are urged to use the social networks appropriately instead of violating the spirit of the law and social norms.
She said: "The vast majority of car selling businesses are considerate and operate within the spirit of the law.
We look at each request to be sure they adhere to both the letter and the spirit of the law before complying.
Putting restrictions on certain religious communities being able to attend their church by zealously enforcing the letter of the law while allowing others to act within the spirit of the law, could be interpreted as religious intolerance.
The NA body said that the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissue Act of 2010 was not being implemented in the spirit of the law and urged that they should immediately be implemented properly.
Penchev reminds that the spirit of the law must be talked through before discussing the details and the precise wording of the text.
The spirit of the law is that we actually are interconnected with each other in society and have a duty towards each other of support to those who find themselves in a difficult situation," she said.
Misleading pricing is not only bad for the consumer, it is also bad for competition, and creates an uneven playing field between fair dealing businesses that stick to the spirit of the law, and those that push the boundaries too far.
Today, we know some individuals still find ways to circumvent the spirit of the law, including commercial fish houses and restaurants, even so-called sport fishermen.