bill of attainder

noun phrase

Definition of bill of attainder

: a legislative act that imposes punishment without a trial

First Known Use of bill of attainder

1787, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bill of attainder was in 1787

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“Bill of attainder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bill%20of%20attainder. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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bill of attainder

Legal Definition of bill of attainder

— see bill sense 1

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