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color n: a legal claim to or appearance of a right or authority [threats that gave to an act of self-defense] usually used in the phrase under color of [a police officer held liable for violating the plaintiff's civil rights under of state law] [a second “search” under of warrant "W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel"]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.