bill of rights

noun phrase

variants or Bill of Rights
: a document containing a formal statement of rights
a patients' bill of rights
specifically : a summary of fundamental rights and privileges guaranteed to a people against violation by the state
used especially of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution

Examples of bill of rights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, in Madison and Jefferson’s exchanges discussing the need for a bill of rights, freedom of conscience was invariably at the top of the list. Steven K. Green, Baltimore Sun, 26 June 2024 The inside story of the Patriots’ fall to rock bottom in the Bill Belichick era CT Board of Education adopts ‘bill of rights’ for non-English speakers. Hartford Courant, 13 June 2024 My biggest question to state courts is why establish a bill of rights, which is the Bail Reform Act of 1984, and carelessly violate due process? Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 23 May 2024 As a result, 75 years later, Israel not only lacks a formal constitution but also has few checks and balances on its government: there is no bill of rights, no presidential veto, no second chamber of Parliament, no federal distribution of power. Yohanan Plesner, Foreign Affairs, 19 Dec. 2023 The bill of rights is part of a bill introduced by Hernandez, D-Phoenix. The Arizona Republic, 12 Jan. 2024 As a measure of that, the group successfully lobbied Kansas City to pass a tenants bill of rights and an ordinance that prohibits landlords from refusing to accept federal housing vouchers from renters. Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024 Prior to that case, McAllister said, the court had largely treated Kansas’ bill of rights as the equivalent of federal rights. Katie Bernard, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024 But Osborn, board chair of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, which put forward its own Bill of Rights nearly a decade ago, is suspicious of the groups involved in the new bill of rights and the framing of their approach. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1701, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bill of rights was in 1701

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“Bill of rights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bill%20of%20rights. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

bill of rights

often capitalized B&R
: a statement of basic rights and privileges guaranteed to a people
especially : the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution

Legal Definition

bill of rights

-ˈrīts
often capitalized B&R
: a summary of fundamental rights and privileges guaranteed to a people against violation by the government;
esp, cap B&R : the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution

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