from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A formal summary of those rights and liberties considered essential to a people or group of people: a consumer bill of rights.
- n. The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, added in 1791 to protect certain rights of citizens.
- n. A declaration of certain rights of subjects, enacted by the English Parliament in 1689.
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- n. A formal statement of the rights of a specified group of people
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a summary of rights and privileges claimed by a people. Such was the declaration presented by the Lords and Commons of England to the Prince and Princess of Orange in 1688, and enacted in Parliament after they became king and queen. In America, a bill or declaration of rights is prefixed to most of the constitutions of the several States.
- n. a list of rights; a paper containing a declaration of rights, or the declaration itself. See under Bill.
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- n. a statement of fundamental rights and privileges (especially the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution)
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Held also, that this will doth not create a perpetuity; for the trustees have the power of alienation -- and though notice to the purchaser might effect him in Equity, yet that, being a circumstance collateral to the power of selling, will not affect the question of perpetuity: and the clauses in the bill of rights and constitution, were designed only to prevent dangerous accumulations of individual wealth, and referred to estates-tail alone: the establishment of a permanent fund for charitable uses does not come within the mischief, and is not prohibited by either of these clauses, nor by the common law.
First the omission of a bill of rights providing clearly & without the aid of sophisms for freedom of religion, freedom of the press, protection against standing armies, restriction against monopolies, the eternal & unremitting force of the habeas corpus laws, and trials by jury in all matters of fact triable by the laws of the land & not by the law of nations.