bill of attainder


noun

an act of legislature finding a person guilty of treason or felony without trial.

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British Dictionary definitions for bill of attainder

bill of attainder

noun

(formerly) a legislative act finding a person guilty without trial of treason or felony and declaring him attaintedSee also attainder (def. 1)
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