Definition of bill of attainder in English:

bill of attainder

  • An item of legislation (prohibited by the US Constitution) that inflicts attainder without judicial process.
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    • 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.
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