establishment clause
establishment clause n often cap E&C: a clause in the U.S. Constitution forbidding Congress from establishing a state religion see also amendment i to the constitution in the back matter compare free exercise clause

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

establishment clause
n.
A clause in the First Amendment of the Constitution that prevents the government from passing laws establishing a religion; see also free exercise clause

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


Establishment Clause
(USA) that part of the First Amendment that prevents the government promoting a religion as part of the state.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


Establishment Clause
Contained in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, this clause prohibits the government from establishing an official religion. It also prohibits the government from preferring one religion over another, preferring religion over nonreligion, or vice versa.
Establishment Clause (Cornell University's Legal Information Institute)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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