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[Latin, Force or violence.] A term employed in many legal phrases and maxims, such as vis injuriosa, "wrongful force."

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

VIS. A Latin word which signifies force. In law it means any kind of force, violence, or disturbance, relating to a man's person or his property.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The plea, filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, termed the notification "illegal, unconstitutional and ultra vires to the law".
It requested the court that the vires of the ordinance and consequent amendment in section 11 B and 11-EE of ATA may be declared illegal.
He also wanted an order that the decision by the Federal Court in upholding the Court of Appeal's decision was ultra vires and therefore null and void.
"The only question is about the vires of section 8(4) of the Representation of the People Act (RPA) and we hold that it is ultra vires and that the disqualification takes place from the date of conviction," a bench of justices A K Patnaik and S J Mukhopadhaya had ruled.
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Our research suggests that Hamilton was less likely to succeed in its actions against Canada Post than it would against a provincial claim of jurisdiction (and, indeed, their bylaw was found ultra vires for intruding on federal jurisdiction, (3) as predicted in earlier drafts of this article).
Dewar, in typically lawyerly fashion, answered: "A referendum that purported to pave the way for something that was ultra vires is itself ultra vires.
Hearing a petition of Hotels and Bar Associations, a divisional bench of Chief Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari and Justice Navniti Prasad Singh, said the Bihar Excise ( Amendment) Act, 2016, passed in March was ultra vires the Constitution.
But a panel of seven Supreme Court justices headed by the president, Lord Neuberger, has ruled that the test is ultra vires - or beyond legal authority.
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