An appeal to the law (argumentum ad legem in Latin) is a fallacy in which someone tries to encourage/defend an action purely because it is legal, or tries to discourage an action purely because it is illegal.[1] This line of reasoning is faulty because the law of the land does not necessarily match up with the morality or sensibility of an action.[2][3][4]

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  1. ^ "'Well, It's Not Illegal!' | University of Central Florida News". University of Central Florida News | UCF Today. 2019-05-22. Archived from the original on 2022-03-24. Retrieved 2022-06-07.
  2. ^ "Appeal to the Law". www.logicallyfallacious.com. Retrieved 2022-06-07.
  3. ^ "Appeal to Legality: Is it Moral if it's the Law?". Cerebralistic. 2020-02-21. Archived from the original on 2021-03-04. Retrieved 2022-06-07.
  4. ^ "Ethics and Law". www.qcc.cuny.edu. Archived from the original on 2021-11-28. Retrieved 2022-06-07.