Under the Law Law and Legal Definition

The term “under the law” means in conformity with law or subject to the law.

The following is an example of a case law defining “under the law”:

“Under the law” does not mean, "in pursuance of it," or "in conformity with it," but an act assumed to be done under it. The word under has a great variety of meanings. “Under the law” means "subject to the law." We are under the laws of the United States, that is, we are subject to those laws. We live under a certain jurisdiction, that is, we are subject to it. [Mills v. Stoddard, 49 U.S. 345, 366 (U.S. 1850)].