attainder(redirected from acts of attainder)
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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.]
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nArchaic equivalent: attainture
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
[C15: from Anglo-French attaindre to convict, from Old French ateindre to attain]
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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]
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