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Mag·na Car·taor Mag·na Char·ta (măg′nə kär′tə)
The charter that King John of England issued in 1215 at the behest of his barons, recognizing the right of persons to certain basic liberties, such as due process, later also embodied in the American Constitution: "We are heirs to a tradition given voice 800 years ago by Magna Carta, which ... confined executive power by 'the law of the land'" (David Souter).
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin : Latin magna, great + charta, charter.]
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|Noun||1.||Magna Charta - the royal charter of political rights given to rebellious English barons by King John in 1215|
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
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