color of law

Definition of "color of law"
  1. Actions that seem to be legally sanctioned but are actually unlawful, such as misusing authority for personal gains
How to use "color of law" in a sentence
  1. The officer was accused of acting under the color of law when he confiscated goods without proper documentation.
  2. Under the color of law, the town officials raised the local taxes without proper justification.
  3. His dismissal from the force was due to his actions under the color of law.

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