the spirit of the law

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
References in classic literature ?
I stood for the spirit of the law and not the letter; but by the letter Charley made his stand.
In a letter sent Monday, Birdwell argues that banning guns in classrooms would violate the spirit of the law.
As a company, we must be committed to complying with both the letter and the spirit of the law and PG&E's own Code of Conduct at all times.
Near death, he thought he saw An angel, not a good Samaritan lifting him gently onto his own beast, Attentive to the spirit of the law.
Cuvillier said he would summon airlines to secure assurances that they will respect the spirit of the law on strike notice and not use it to undermine the right to strike.
Furthermore, the code should define the importance of not only adhering to the letter of the law, but also to the spirit of the law, guided by the stated ideals of the investment advisor.
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.