Definition of ultra vires in English:

ultra vires

Syllabification: ul·tra vi·res
Pronunciation: /ˌəltrə ˈvīrēz
 
/

adjective& adverb

Law
Beyond one’s legal power or authority: [as adjective]: jurisdictional errors render the decision ultra vires
More example sentences
  • As a result, a taxpayer who has made a payment pursuant to ultra vires legislation has a right to restitution.
  • It is not suggested that Byelaw 20 was itself ultra vires the powers which the primary legislation conferred upon the British Railways Board.
  • An ultra vires act is one beyond the purposes or powers of a corporation.

Origin

Latin, literally 'beyond the powers'.

Definition of ultra vires in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day retroflex
Pronunciation: ˈrɛtrə(ʊ)flɛks
adjective
turned backwards