Simple Definition of grandfather clause
law : a part of a law which says that the law does not apply to certain people and things because of conditions that existed before the law was passed
Full Definition of grandfather clause
: a clause creating an exemption based on circumstances previously existing; especially : a provision in several southern state constitutions designed to enfranchise poor whites and disenfranchise blacks by waiving high voting requirements for descendants of men voting before 1867
Examples of grandfather clause
Because of a grandfather clause, the strict emission standards only apply to new cars.
First Known Use of grandfather clause
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