Bill of Rights


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bill of rights

n. pl. bills of rights
1. A formal summary of those rights and liberties considered essential to a people or group of people: a consumer bill of rights.
2. Bill of Rights The first ten amendments to the US Constitution, added in 1791 to protect certain rights of citizens.
3. Bill of Rights A declaration of certain rights of subjects, enacted by the English Parliament in 1689.

Bill of Rights

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an English statute of 1689 guaranteeing the rights and liberty of the individual subject
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the first ten amendments to the US Constitution, added in 1791, which guarantee the liberty of the individual
3. (in Canada) a statement of basic human rights and freedoms enacted by Parliament in 1960
4. (Social Welfare) (usually not capitals) any charter or summary of basic human rights

Bill′ of Rights′


n.
1. a formal statement of the rights of the people of the United States, incorporated in the Constitution as Amendments 1–10, and in all state constitutions.
2. (l.c.) a statement of the fundamental rights of any group of people: a student bill of rights.
3. an English statute of 1689 confirming the rights and liberties of the people.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Bill of Rights - a statement of fundamental rights and privileges (especially the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution)Bill of Rights - a statement of fundamental rights and privileges (especially the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution)
Constitution of the United States, U.S. Constitution, United States Constitution, US Constitution, Constitution - the constitution written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen states
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
First Amendment - an amendment to the Constitution of the United States guaranteeing the right of free expression; includes freedom of assembly and freedom of the press and freedom of religion and freedom of speech
Fifth Amendment - an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that imposes restrictions on the government's prosecution of persons accused of crimes; mandates due process of law and prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy; requires just compensation if private property is taken for public use
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
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References in classic literature ?
A fifth is of opinion that a bill of rights of any sort would be superfluous and misplaced, and that the plan would be unexceptionable but for the fatal power of regulating the times and places of election.
The Bill of Rights of that State declares that standing armies are dangerous to liberty, and ought not to be kept up in time of peace.
They made him out to be the Royal arms, the Union-Jack, Magna Charta, John Bull, Habeas Corpus, the Bill of Rights, An Englishman's house is his castle, Church and State, and God save the Queen, all put together.
What the tender poetic youth dreams, and prays, and paints to-day, but shuns the ridicule of saying aloud, shall presently be the resolutions of public bodies; then shall be carried as grievance and bill of rights through conflict and war, and then shall be triumphant law and establishment for a hundred years, until it gives place in turn to new prayers and pictures.
46) Bill of Rights demonstrates the importance of Madison's superior debate skills.
Now I'm a devout believer in postvictory gloating, particularly when it involves upholding our Bill of Rights.
To this Dobson replied, "It's not in the Bill of Rights.
16, the Portland City Council unanimously approved a resolution formally adopting "Our Bill of Rights: Children and Youth," making Portland the first city in the United States with a children's bill of rights.
They were unnecessary, he said, because the Constitution had not granted the government the powers that the Bill of Rights would guard against.
It includes a Bill of Rights and 17 other Amendments.
They point out--accurately--that neither the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights includes the phrase "separation of church and state.
During the Ashcroft tour the Bill of Rights Defense Committee recorded a huge wave of activity, as 29 cities passed resolutions and nearly 100 local chapters sprung to life.