Law Dictionary

speech or debate clause

noun, often cap S&D&C speech or de·bate clause

Legal Definition of speech or debate clause

  1. :  a clause in Article I, Section 6 of the U.S. Constitution granting members of Congress a privilege from arrest and legislative immunity for any speech or debate made in either of the houses —called also speech and debate clause


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up speech or debate clause? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!