English

Definition of Marbury v Madison from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Marbury v Madison

 
BrE
 
; NAmE
 
,
 
 
jump to other results
an important US Supreme Court case in 1803 which established its right to decide if a new law is illegal under the American Constitution. William Marbury had taken Secretary of State James Madison to court because he refused to keep an agreement that Marbury would become a judge. The court decided that Marbury was right, and established the principal of judicial review.