Definition of Bill of Rights in English:

Bill of Rights

Syllabification: Bill of Rights

noun

Law
  • 1The first ten amendments to the US Constitution, ratified in 1791 and guaranteeing such rights as the freedoms of speech, assembly, and worship.
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    • She would ask me endless questions about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment, and so on.
    • The Constitution was ratified in 1788 and the first ten amendments to the constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791.
    • So they added to the Constitution a Bill of Rights whose First Amendment was to be a kind of firewall between the politicians who hold power and the press that should hold power accountable.
  • 1.1The English constitutional settlement of 1689, confirming the deposition of James II and the accession of William and Mary, guaranteeing the Protestant succession, and laying down the principles of parliamentary supremacy.
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    • The English Bill of Rights of 1689 had only proclaimed the rights of Englishmen.
    • It was the signing of the Bill of Rights by that Dutch Protestant King of England, King William III, on 16 December 1689.
    • He was elected in 1689 to the Convention Parliament and was among the principal draftsmen of the Bill of Rights.
  • 1.2A formal declaration of the legal and civil rights of the citizens of any state, country, federation, etc.: international law and the New Zealand Bill of Rights say that everyone has the right to seek asylum if they are found to be persecuted
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    • The Bill of Rights Act 1990 has become an important check on the power of the State.
    • The Charter, the African National Congress's liberation manifesto, forms the basis of the Bill of Rights of South Africa's new Constitution.
    • He stressed that Namibia's constitutionally enshrined bill of rights guarantees Namibians private ownership, regardless of ethnicity.
  • 1.3A document or piece of legislation setting out the rights or entitlements of a particular group or class of people: a record label that offers a Bill of Rights for recording artists an airline passengers' Bill of Rights
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    • We will produce a Bill of Rights for Victims and appoint a Commissioner for Victims.
    • Americans want a Patients' Bill of Rights, and by 44% to 34% they trust Democrats to craft the best plan, according to a Gallup poll.
    • The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) details your entitlements in their Investor Bill of Rights.

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