bill of attainder
bill of attainder see bill 1

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

bill of attainder
n.
A legislative act that inflicts capital punishment on someone who has been accused of a serious offense but has not been convicted at trial; prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


bill of attainder
A legislative act that declares a named person guilty of a crime, particularly treason. Such bills are prohibited by Article I, Section 9 of the United States Constitution.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


bill of attainder
n.
1 Any legislative act that imposed a sentence of death and attainder upon one or more specific individuals or groups without a trial or other judicial proceeding.
2 In United States constitutional law, any legislative act that prescribes a punishment on one or more specific individuals or groups or denies them of civil or political rights without a trial or other judicial proceeding. Such enactments are prohibited by the United States Constitution.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


bill of attainder
A special legislative enactment that imposes a death sentence without a judicial trial upon a particular person or class of persons suspected of committing serious offenses, such as treason or a felony.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


bill of attainder
A special legislative enactment that imposes a death sentence without a judicial trial upon a particular person or class of persons suspected of committing serious offenses, such as treason or a felony.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

bill of attainder
n.
   a legislative act which declares a named person guilty of a crime, particularly treason. Such bills are prohibited by Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Bill of attainder — Attainder At*tain der, n. [OF. ataindre, ateindre, to accuse, convict. Attainder is often erroneously referred to F. teindre tie stain. See {Attaint}, {Attain}.] 1. The act of attainting, or the state of being attainted; the extinction of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bill of attainder — (Act of attainder, engl., spr. ättēnder, Strafbill), in England ein Ausnahmegesetz, durch welches das Parlament in einzelnen Fällen die Befugnis erhält, eine bestimmte Person ohne gerichtliches Verfahren selbst zur Untersuchung zu ziehen und zu… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Bill of Attainder — Bill of At|tain|der [ əv ə teində] die; , s <aus engl. bill of attainder »Ächtungsurkunde«>: 1. in Großbritannien alte Form der Anklage politischer u. schwerer Verbrechen im Gesetzgebungsverfahren unter Verlust der bürgerl. Ehrenrechte u.… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • bill of attainder — n. a legislative enactment by which a person is pronounced guilty, without trial, of an alleged crime, orig. a capital crime, esp. treason: prohibited in the U.S. by the Constitution …   English World dictionary

  • Bill of attainder — A bill of attainder (also known as an act or writ of attainder) is an act of legislature declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime and punishing them without benefit of a trial. The United States Constitution forbids both the… …   Wikipedia

  • Bill of Attainder — Unter einer Bill of Attainder (auch Act oder Writ of Attainder) verstand man im englischen Common Law eine strafrechtliche Verurteilung einer Person durch das Parlament. Das Parlament agierte bei dem Verfahren, von dem nur in äußerst seltenen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • bill of attainder — Bills of attainder. Such special acts of the legislature as inflict capital punishments upon persons supposed to be guilty of high offenses, such as treason and felony, without any conviction in the ordinary course of judicial proceedings. If an… …   Black's law dictionary

  • bill of attainder — Bills of attainder. Such special acts of the legislature as inflict capital punishments upon persons supposed to be guilty of high offenses, such as treason and felony, without any conviction in the ordinary course of judicial proceedings. If an… …   Black's law dictionary

  • bill of attainder — bill′ of attain′der n. gov a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without trial • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • bill of attainder — noun a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without a trial bills of attainder are prohibited by the Constitution of the United States • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑bill, ↑measure …   Useful english dictionary

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