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Alien and sedition acts

alien and sedition acts

A series of laws, passed during the presidency of John Adams at the end of the eighteenth century, that sought to restrict the public activities of political radicals who sympathized with the French Revolution and criticized Adams’s Federalist policies. In response to the Alien and Sedition Acts, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson wrote the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, which asserted states’ rights.


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  • Alienable

    capable of being sold or transferred. Historical Examples It should be mentioned that not every part of territory is alienable by the owner-State. International Law. A Treatise. Volume I (of 2) Lassa Francis Oppenheim The first or lowest consisted of villains in gross, who were alienable at pleasure. Thoughts On The Necessity Of Improving The […]

  • Alienage

    the state of being an . the legal status of an . Historical Examples You are ready enough to inflict on the Irish Roman Catholic all the evils of alienage. The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4) Thomas Babington Macaulay The laws of alienage cannot apply to an artificial person, […]

  • Alienate

    to make indifferent or hostile: By refusing to get a job, he has alienated his entire family. to cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world: Bullying alienates already shy students from their classmates. to turn away; transfer or divert: to alienate funds from their intended purpose. Law. to transfer or convey, as […]

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