attainder attainder  /ə ˈteɪn dər/


  • (n) cancellation of civil rights


  1. The champions of the last Plantagenet also cite a bill of attainder, or disqualification, brought by Henry VII against his predecessor after Richard died at Bosworth.
  2. The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice Earl Warren, declared that the Landrum-Griffin provision was a bill of attainder, and therefore unconstitutional.
  3. He drafted a bill of attainder-which in effect condemns the victim without a trialagainst a group of Tories who were plundering the countryside.


  • Did Congress just pass a bill of attainder punishing a dead man?

    Congress has passed legislation ordering national cemetery officials to disinter the remains of a killer. Could this be considered a bill of attainder, the kind banned by the Constitution? Click to Continue »
    on December 12, 2013     Source: McClatchy Washington Bureau


  1. "It's basically targeted on a small group of people, which is technically a bill of attainder," Gregg said. "Even though it may be drafted to be broad, it's actually targeted."
    on Mar 19, 2009 By: Judd Gregg Source: Bloomberg

  2. "The court made the right decision in this case," Nadler wrote me in an e-mail. "I am gratified that my analysis of the punitive and blatantly unconstitutional bill of attainder has been vindicated by the judiciary."
    on Jan 6, 2010 By: Jerrold Nadler Source: NPR

  3. Tribe said "the pitchfork mentality" surrounding the House bill may make it "at least potentially vulnerable to attack under the bill of attainder clause."
    on Mar 23, 2009 By: Laurence Tribe Source: USA Today

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