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- n. The doctrine in English common law that someone attainted of felony or treason has corrupt blood and so cannot inherit property and has no legal heirs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. taint or impurity of blood, in consequence of an act of attainder of treason or felony, by which a person is disabled from inheriting any estate or from transmitting it to others.
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No conviction for any offence shall work corruption of blood or forfeiture of estate; the Legislature shall pass no bill of attainder, ex post facto law, nor law for impairing the oligation of contracts.