from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The charter of English political and civil liberties granted by King John at Runnymede in June 1215.
- n. A document or piece of legislation that serves as a guarantee of basic rights.
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- proper n. A charter, granted by King John to the barons at Runnymede in 1215, that is a basis of English constitutional tradition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The great Charter, so called, obtained by the English barons from King John, A. D. 1215. This name is also given to the charter granted to the people of England in the ninth year of Henry III., and confirmed by Edward I.
- Hence, a fundamental constitution which guaranties rights and privileges.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the royal charter of political rights given to rebellious English barons by King John in 1215
That document has been called the Magna Carta of our time.
These laws they called Magna Carta, or the great charter; and they all came in armor, and took John by surprise at Windsor.
According to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, the so-called Magna Carta of spaceflight, the country where the object was launched is absolutely liable.
Many people, especially those who write articles on this subject for Wikipedia, would say the Magna Carta is the most influential and important foundation of constitutional law.
The Magna Carta is the oldest document seen as establishing the rule of common law.
I wonder if Obama chose Greece and Britain when he was taking about exceptionalism as Greece was the Birthplace of Democracy, and Britain with the Magna Carta was the birthplace of many of the freedoms enshrined in the US constitution.
Sotheby's chairman David Redden called the Magna Carta "the birth certificate of freedom".
If you need a refresher course, the Magna Carta is the first document to grant human rights.
Here it is, the Magna Carta is the first document ever to grant human rights.
The Magna Carta is the foundation of English civil law.
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