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act (or bill) of attainder

Definition of act or bill of attainder in English:

historical An item of legislation inflicting attainder without judicial process.
Example sentences
  • No doubt that these acts of attainder have been abused in England as instruments of vengeance by a successful over a defeated party.
  • Parliament made acts of attainder one day, and reversed them almost on the next.
  • The constitution of Georgia does not expressly interdict the passing of an act of attainder and confiscation, by the authority of the legislature.
See parent entry: attainder
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