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.
Here is a constant stream of men poured forth from five hundred different places; they will interpret the spirit of the law in divers manners, and there should be a unity of conception in the law.
The CJP said: 'You couldn't get the spirit of the law.
ISLAMABAD -- Implementing Fata Reform Bill in selected tribal areas only, will be against the spirit of the law, said PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar said on Monday.
After all, this is the spirit of the law," Nograles said.
It is there to ensure that the spirit of the law has not been violated.
There needs to be a thorough investigation into the actions, expenditure and financial probity of Remain campaigners, who appear to have flouted the rules and the spirit of the law to advance their cause in concert with each other.
The Pope's New Year's Day message "There needs to be a thorough investigation into the actions, expenditure and financial probity of Remain campaigners, who appear to have flouted the rules and the spirit of the law to advance their cause in concert with each other.
Summary: This ban breaks the spirit of the law and puts the rights of people in jeopardy for no fault of theirs
But since he was saying we should stop selling BS3 stock in the spirit of the law, why don't the two-wheeler companies upgrade to four-wheeler emission levels now that all of us are BS4 compliant?
As lawmakers earlier insisted on a public listing, PLDT officials argued that Smart had effectively complied with the spirit of the law.
I am confident we have submitted a set of recommendations that respects the spirit of the law while reflecting input from our community," Opperman said.
It is obvious that the judge applied the spirit of the law, and not the letter," a legal expert told the daily.
He added: "Inevitably there will be an investigation into why we have found ourselves in this position and I have urgently asked my own officials to ensure the scheme is running to the letter and also to the spirit of the law.
This can be done legally but is clearly against the spirit of the law.
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