Definition of the Fourteenth Amendment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Fourteenth Amendment

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a change made to the US Constitution in 1866 that gave all Americans equal rights and allowed former slaves to become citizens Culture The Fourteenth Amendment gave all Americans the right to due process of law and to equal protection by the law. It was passed by Congress in 1866 and received the approval of the states two years later.
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