punishment by death for a crime; death penalty.
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the punishment of death for a crime; death penalty
Note: In the United States, capital punishment has been an extremely controversial issue on legal, moral, and ethical grounds. In 1972, the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was not, in principle, cruel and unusual punishment (and not, therefore, unconstitutional), but that its implementation through existing state laws was unconstitutional. In 1976, the Supreme Court again ruled that the death penalty was not unconstitutional, though a mandatory death penalty for any crime was. Thirty-nine states now practice the death penalty.
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one of a class of the largest warships; a battleship, battle cruiser, or aircraft carrier. noun one of the largest and most heavily armed ships in a naval fleet
the seven sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. plural noun (theol) the sins of pride, covetousness, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth
the total stock authorized or issued by a corporation. the book value of the outstanding shares of a corporation, including retained earnings and amounts paid in by stockholders. Historical Examples Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 7 Various noun the par value of the total share capital that a company is authorized to issue […]