from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A legislative act that pronounces a person guilty of a crime and imposes an attainder. The US Constitution prohibits bills of attainder.
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- noun law A
legislative determinationimposing punishmentwithout trial; prohibited under the United States Constitution.
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- noun a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without a trial
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