Definition of Stamp Act in English:

Stamp Act


  • 1An act regulating stamp duty (a tax on the legal recognition of documents).

    • ‘The subsequent amendments to the Stamp Act unilaterally by the Government led to a sharp fall in this revenue as the BCC gets only 8 per cent of the stamp duty now.’
    • ‘There is provision in the Stamp Act for depreciation on old buildings, however the registering authorities do not allow for depreciation on old building and generally levy stamp duty as is applicable to a new building.’
    • ‘The failure to pay duty does not render the document invalid, section 14 of the Stamp Act merely renders it inadmissible.’
    • ‘This legislation, much much more so than the stamp acts, are not light and transient causes.’
    • ‘The consideration was stated to be $40,000 or such sum as may be finally determined by the Commissioner of State Taxation for the purpose of assessing stamp duty under the Stamp Act, whichever was the greater.’
    • ‘But it must be authenticated in India before the District Registrar under Section 18 of the Indian Stamp Act within three months.’
    1. 1.1 An act of the British Parliament in 1765 that exacted revenue from the American colonies by imposing a stamp duty on newspapers and legal and commercial documents. Colonial opposition led to the act's repeal in 1766 and helped encourage the revolutionary movement against the Crown.
      • ‘William Pitt, Lord Chatham, the great leader in the Seven Years War, had actually argued that the Stamp Act on the American colonies (to pay for their own defence) was unconstitutional, illegal.’
      • ‘The bowls honor William Pitt who supported freedom of the press and individuals, as well as protested against the Stamp Act.’
      • ‘He was certainly unhelpfully intransigent over America, continuing to believe long after 1783 that the repeal of the Stamp Act of 1766 had shown dangerous weakness and had thus encouraged the colonists' rebellion.’
      • ‘In response to the Stamp Act of 1765, the merchants of the Atlantic cities signed nonimportation agreements.’
      • ‘Britain's imposition on America of measures including the Stamp Act in 1765 provoked violent colonial opposition.’
      • ‘He had signed the Non-Importation Agreement of 1765, and his patronage of the fledgling enterprise to make porcelain on American soil is further testament to his protest against the Stamp Act.’
      • ‘In the 1760s such attachments led Franklin into taking stands, notably his initial support of the Stamp Act, that he would later see as contrary to American ideals and interests.’
      • ‘Upon hearing the story, Rab tells Johnny that Merchant Lyte is crooked - that he imported English goods secretly even though all the merchants had agreed not to until the Stamp Act was repealed.’
      • ‘Boycotts of British imports were organized to protest the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts and the so-called Intolerable Acts.’
      • ‘That the colonists used the boycotting of British imports as a political weapon, from the Stamp Act through the Townsend Duties and Tea Act, is well known.’
      • ‘In colonial Boston, juries regularly refused to indict citizens accused of violating the Stamp Act and other unpopular policies.’
      • ‘The Colonies were being faced with the Stamp Act, the Tea Act, the Sugar Act.’
      • ‘As colonists' anger over the Stamp Act built, a tax official was burned in effigy from the limbs of an elm estimated to be 120 years old.’
      • ‘Thus the attempt to enforce the Stamp Act proved utterly ineffectual.’
      • ‘The practice changed in the wake of the Stamp Act 1853, which abolished the ad valorem duty on order cheques, introducing in its stead a fixed duty of one penny.’
      • ‘But while the moderate Whigs were alarmed by the specter of social conflict thrown up by the riots, they were reluctant to do anything which might actually assist in the execution of the Stamp Act.’
      • ‘Attempts were made to raise taxes, notably with the ill-starred Stamp Act of 1765, and to bring colonial officials more directly under royal control.’
      • ‘If this is interpreted as a sun, the tree becomes a liberty tree, a symbol of resistance to the Stamp Act of 1765 by which the British Parliament imposed the first direct tax on the colonists.’
      • ‘And so, in the spring and early summer of 1765, most of the colonial assemblies adopted resolutions condemning the Stamp Act.’
      • ‘In the wake of the hated Stamp Act, and the Townshend Acts that followed, mob violence broke out in Boston.’