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Definition of Bill of Rights in English:


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.
1.1The first ten amendments to the Constitution of the US, ratified in 1791.
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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.
1.2A 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 Charter, the African National Congress's liberation manifesto, forms the basis of the Bill of Rights of South Africa's new Constitution.
  • The Bill of Rights Act 1990 has become an important check on the power of the State.
  • As part of the ongoing political debate about our institutions, there is frequent debate as to whether or not this nation should endeavour, in some way, to entrench formally in its law a Bill of Rights.
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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  • Five years ago this month, I wrote a column calling for a Computer Users' Bill of Rights.
  • The current House version of the Patient Bill of Rights establishes provisions for the development of such organizations.
  • The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) details your entitlements in their Investor Bill of Rights.
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