slaughterhouse case

noun

Definition of slaughterhouse case 

: one of a group of cases decided by the Supreme Court of the U.S. establishing that the police power of the states is not impaired by the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution

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History and Etymology for slaughterhouse case

so called from the fact that the matter at issue was the right of the city of New Orleans to regulate by law the carrying on of the butchering industry in that city

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