Skip to main content
Find a Lawyer
Please enter a legal issue and/or a location
Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select
FindLaw Legal Dictionary

The FindLaw Legal Dictionary -- free access to over 8260 definitions of legal terms. Search for a definition or browse our legal glossaries.


Ultra Vires

ultra vires adv or adj

[Latin, beyond the power or means (of)]
: beyond the scope or in excess of legal power or authority (as of a corporation) [the agency acted ultra vires] [the agreement was ultra vires] compare intra vires

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

Copied to clipboard

Find a Lawyer

More Options