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1. Under English common law, the state of having lost one's legal and civil personhood, as through losing the legal capacity to own or pass on property.
2. Obsolete Dishonor.

[Middle English atteindre, act of attainting, from Old French ataindre, to convict, affect, attainder; see attain.]


1. (Law) (formerly) the extinction of a person's civil rights resulting from a sentence of death or outlawry on conviction for treason or felony. See also bill of attainder
2. obsolete dishonour
Archaic equivalent: attainture
[C15: from Anglo-French attaindre to convict, from Old French ateindre to attain]


(əˈteɪn dər)

1. the extinction of a person's civil rights upon being sentenced to death or outlawry for treason or a felony.
2. Obs. dishonor.
[1425–75; late Middle English, n. use of Anglo-French attaindre to convict, Old French ataindre to convict, attain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.attainder - cancellation of civil rights
cancellation - the act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement


[əˈteɪndəʳ] N (Jur) → extinción f de los derechos civiles de un individuo
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By a limited Constitution, I understand one which contains certain specified exceptions to the legislative authority; such, for instance, as that it shall pass no bills of attainder, no ex post facto laws, and the like.
225) Most recently, death warrants issued by the Executive have been described as bills of attainder.
Lovett, (131) where the appropriations measure in question was deemed to violate the express constitutional prohibition on bills of attainder, (132) the congressional funding ban here does not contravene any explicit constitutional command limiting Congress's legislative power.
Truman (1949) stated that the original rider that the new provision continues "violated the spirit, if not the letter, of the Constitutional provisions for separation of legislative and executive functions and the Constitutional prohibition against bills of attainder.
Such provisions include the guarantees of habeas corpus and trial by jury, the prohibition on bills of attainder and ex post facto laws, and the precise and limited definition and punishment of the high crime of treason.
Thousands of parents have lost property and other rights without due process of law through interlocking state and federal bills of attainder.
Although it is beyond the scope of this article to analyze and offer conclusions about whether Terri's Law is constitutional, there are a number of potential infirmities that warrant consideration, including those related to the Tenth Amendment/federalism principles, separation of powers, the equal protection clause, prohibitions against bills of attainder and ex post facto laws, and interference with the right to refuse unwanted medical treatment (see, e.
However, in discussing numerous trials from the period, Daniell omits detailed reference to English legal process in Admiralty courts and to bills of attainder.
No more effective have been challenges based on the 13th Amendment's prohibition of slavery or attempts to define gun laws as bills of attainder, ex post facto laws, or violations of the Commerce Clause.
prohibition of bills of attainder, which condemned a particular kind of
These restrictions included the prohibition of ex post facto laws and bills of attainder.