necessary and proper clause

noun, often capitalized N&P&C
nec·​es·​sary and proper clause

Legal Definition of necessary and proper clause

: the clause in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution that empowers the Congress to make all laws necessary for executing its other powers and those of the federal government as a whole

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“Necessary and proper clause.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/necessary%20and%20proper%20clause. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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