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bill of attainder

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A legislative act pronouncing a person guilty of a crime, usually treason, without trial and subjecting that person to capital punishment and attainder. Such acts are prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A legislative determination imposing punishment without trial; prohibited under the United States Constitution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a bill brought into, or passed by, a legislative body, condemning a person to death or outlawry, and attainder, without judicial sentence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without a trial

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