bill of rights

From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
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bill of rightsˌbill of ˈrights noun (plural bills of rights) [countable] SCLPGCa written statement of the most important rights of the citizens of a country
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bill of rightsAt least a bill of rights would provide standards - laid down by parliament - against which our judiciary would have to operate.One of the most frequent criticisms of a bill of rights is the power of interpretation it would afford to the judiciary.Likewise, on a bill of rights, being against Hattersley was, in some quarters, almost an end in itself.Above all, the meeting hammered out a bill of rights for women.A free-speech amendment to a bill of rights has had a certain success that might be emulated.The plans include changing the bill of rights, restoring police power to ban protests and restricting foreign funding of local groups.It decided Wednesday not to include anything in the bill of rights unless there were unanimous agreement.Despite its nonbinding nature, expectations were high that the bill of rights would have a strong political and social impact.
Bill of Rights, thethe Bill of RightsBill of Rights, the part of the US constitution (=the basic laws of the country that cannot easily be changed) which is a list of the rights of US citizens, for example freedom of speech (=the right to say what you want to say, including criticizing the government), and freedom of religion. In the original Bill of Rights (1791), ten rights were listed (=ten amendments ), but since then several more have been added. Constitution of the United States, the, First Amendment, the