bill of attainder

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bill of attainder

n. pl. bills of attainder
A legislative act that pronounces a person guilty of a crime and imposes an attainder. The US Constitution prohibits bills of attainder.

bill of attainder

n
(Law) (formerly) a legislative act finding a person guilty without trial of treason or felony and declaring him attainted. See also attainder1

bill′ of attain′der


n.
a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without trial.
[1860–65]
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Noun1.bill of attainder - a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without a trialbill of attainder - a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without a trial; "bills of attainder are prohibited by the Constitution of the United States"
bill, measure - a statute in draft before it becomes law; "they held a public hearing on the bill"
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"
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No bill of attainer, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.