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ultra vires

[uhl-truh vahy-reez] /ˌʌl trə ˈvaɪ riz/
adverb, adjective, Law.
beyond the legal power or authority of a corporation, corporate officer, etc. (opposed to intra vires).
Origin of ultra vires
1785-95; < Latin ultrā vīrēs literally, beyond strength Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ultra-vires

ultra vires

adverb, adjective
(predicative) (law) beyond the legal power or authority of a person, corporation, agent, etc
Word Origin
Latin, literally: beyond strength
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ultra vires

Latin, literally "beyond powers," from vires "strength, force, vigor, power," plural of vis.

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