section 1983

noun

sec·​tion 1983
ˈsek-shən-ˌnīn-tēn-ˌā-tē-ˈthrē
: the section of title 42 of the U.S. Code that makes a person liable for depriving another of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the U.S. Constitution and laws while acting under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage of a state

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“Section 1983.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/section%201983. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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