supremacy clause


supremacy clause
su·prem·a·cy clause /sə-'pre-mə-sē-/ n often cap S&C: a clause in Article VI of the U.S. Constitution that declares the constitution, laws, and treaties of the federal government to be the supreme law of the land to which judges in every state are bound regardless of state law to the contrary

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

Supremacy Clause
n.
A clause in Article IV of the U.S. Constitution that makes the acts of the federal government the supreme law of the land, superior to all state laws and constitutions.

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


supremacy clause
the part of the sixth Article of the Constitution of the USA that provides that federal law is superior to state law. See

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


supremacy clause
Provision under Article IV, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, providing that federal law is superior to and overrides state law when they conflict.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


Supremacy Clause
n. The clause in United States Constitution's Article VI, stating that all laws made furthering the Constitution and all treaties made under the authority of the United States are the "supreme law of the land." Chief Justice John Marshall interpreted the clause to mean that the states may not interfere with the functioning of the federal government and that federal law prevails over an inconsistent state law.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

supremacy clause
n.
   Article VI, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, which reads: "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the Constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding." Thus a Supreme Court ruling can be binding on state courts if involving a constitutional issue.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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