Definition of Bill of Rights in English:

Bill of Rights

noun

Law
  • 1The English constitutional settlement of 1689, confirming the deposition of James II and the accession of William and Mary, guaranteeing the Protestant succession, and laying down the principles of parliamentary supremacy.

    • ‘The English Bill of Rights, having no constitutional status, is ineffective to control Acts of Parliament which might infringe on the rights enumerated.’
    • ‘However, Marlborough may have convinced Anne that elevating George would violate both the Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlement, since neither statute made any provision for her husband.’
    • ‘As for torture, we can go all the way back to the English Bill of Rights in 1689 to find that civilization had evolved enough to outlaw cruel and unusual punishment.’
    • ‘‘The gun lobby’ staged a lone defence of a right that goes back to before the English Bill of Rights of 1688, one of the oldest of the old Anglo-Saxon rights.’
    • ‘It was the signing of the Bill of Rights by that Dutch Protestant King of England, King William III, on 16 December 1689.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that a great deal of our Constitution is derived from the English Bill of Rights and the common law.’
    • ‘England had its Magna Carta and its Bill of Rights.’
    • ‘This was reflected in the leaders of the national and state governments as well as in the movement to add an English-style Bill of Rights to the new Constitution.’
    • ‘The English Bill of Rights of 1689 had only proclaimed the rights of Englishmen.’
    • ‘which will be published in the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal.’
    • ‘The Bill of Rights of 1689 established that only a Protestant could become king and a new coronation oath required the monarch to uphold Protestantism.’
    • ‘The Bill of Rights clearly over-rode the hereditary right which formed the basis of the restored constitution of 1660 and replaced it with the will of the nation expressed through Parliament.’
    • ‘He was elected in 1689 to the Convention Parliament and was among the principal draftsmen of the Bill of Rights.’
    • ‘William and Mary agreed to reign over England subject to the Bill of Rights 1688, the provisions of which finally established the sovereignty of Parliament.’
    • ‘It was, as the former Home Secretary said, a worthy successor to the 1688 Bill of Rights and a major plank in the Government's constitutional reform programme.’
    • ‘The restriction seems not to have existed at the time the right to keep and bear arms was memorialized in the 1689 English or 1789 American Bill of Rights.’
    charter, social code, canon, body of law, system of laws, system of rules
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    1. 1.1 The first ten amendments to the Constitution of the US, ratified in 1791.
      • ‘The Constitution was ratified in 1788 and the first ten amendments to the constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791.’
      • ‘Many assume that these freedoms have been enjoyed more or less continuously since 1791, when the Bill of Rights was ratified.’
      • ‘We have added 17 amendments since the Bill of Rights.’
      • ‘I think the reason students think and feel the way they do about the first amendment is because my generation has never been fully educated on the first amendment or even the Bill of Rights in general.’
      • ‘What Are the Missing Amendments to the Bill of Rights?’
      • ‘Mostly, he got more in detail about what he'd already mentioned: the Bill of Rights, the amendments, and basic court and trial procedures.’
      • ‘This is the basis for what is called the doctrine of incorporation, the idea that the states were incorporated under the Federal Bill of Rights by the 14th amendment.’
      • ‘Those mere twenty-seven words comprise the full text of the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States of America.’
      • ‘Article V requires that any amendment to the Constitution and/or Bill of Rights must be ratified before it shall become valid.’
      • ‘She would ask me endless questions about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment, and so on.’
      • ‘While I am happy we have a Constitution with a Bill of Rights, the federal First Amendment has no magic to it.’
      • ‘The amendment to the Bill of Rights with two very simple clauses.’
      • ‘The United States Constitution Bill of Rights, the French Rights of Man, and the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights all share one set purpose.’
      • ‘So they added to the Constitution a Bill of Rights whose First Amendment was to be a kind of firewall between the politicians who hold power and the press that should hold power accountable.’
      • ‘Actually, as any competent student of law or constitutional history could explain, the rights of Americans are spelled out in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights or derived from English common law.’
      • ‘It was illegal in each of the thirteen states existing at the time the Constitution was ratified and the Bill of Rights was adopted.’
      • ‘Teachers at the Delaware Council of Social Studies 2001 Conference identified the Bill of Rights as the one part of the Constitution that students knew.’
      • ‘It was reorganized in 1924, following systematic violations of the Constitutional Bill of Rights, and J. Edgar Hoover was appointed Director.’
      • ‘Because we had a Constitution guaranteeing some form of democracy and a Bill of Rights, the new rules were subject to public debate.’
      • ‘America is also a democracy where individual rights are safeguarded in the Bill of Rights and the whole Constitution.’
    2. 1.2 A formal declaration of the legal and civil rights of the citizens of any state, country, federation, etc.:
      ‘international law and the New Zealand Bill of Rights say that everyone has the right to seek asylum if they are found to be persecuted’
      • ‘He ushered in the metric system, made French an official language, and enshrined a Canadian bill of rights in the 1982 constitution.’
      • ‘He stressed that Namibia's constitutionally enshrined bill of rights guarantees Namibians private ownership, regardless of ethnicity.’
      • ‘As part of the ongoing political debate about our institutions, there is frequent debate as to whether or not this nation should endeavour, in some way, to entrench formally in its law a Bill of Rights.’
      • ‘The Bill of Rights Act 1990 has become an important check on the power of the State.’
      • ‘The Charter, the African National Congress's liberation manifesto, forms the basis of the Bill of Rights of South Africa's new Constitution.’
    3. 1.3 A document or piece of legislation setting out the rights or entitlements of a particular group or class of people:
      ‘a record label that offers a Bill of Rights for recording artists’
      ‘an airline passengers' Bill of Rights’
      • ‘We will produce a Bill of Rights for Victims and appoint a Commissioner for Victims.’
      • ‘Five years ago this month, I wrote a column calling for a Computer Users' Bill of Rights.’
      • ‘Americans want a Patients' Bill of Rights, and by 44% to 34% they trust Democrats to craft the best plan, according to a Gallup poll.’
      • ‘The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) details your entitlements in their Investor Bill of Rights.’
      • ‘The current House version of the Patient Bill of Rights establishes provisions for the development of such organizations.’