letter of the law

letter of the law
n.
A strict, literal, word-for-word interpretation of laws and statutes. See also spirit of the law

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


letter of the law
The strict and exact force of the language used in a statute, as distinguished from the spirit, general purpose, and policy of the statute.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


letter of the law
The strict and exact force of the language used in a statute, as distinguished from the spirit, general purpose, and policy of the statute.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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