[in-law, in-law]
verb (used with object) Law.
to restore (an outlaw) to the benefits and protection of the law.

before 1000; Middle English inlawen, Old English inlagian. See in-1, law

inlawry, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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1894, "anyone of a relationship not natural," abstracted from father-in-law, etc.
"The position of the 'in-laws' (a happy phrase which is attributed ... to her Majesty, than whom no one can be better acquainted with the article) is often not very apt to promote happiness." ["Blackwood's Magazine," 1894]
The earliest recorded use of the phrase is in brother-in-law (13c.); the law is Canon Law, which defines degrees of relationship within which marriage is prohibited.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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