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
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′
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.
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|Noun||1.||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"