an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1868, defining national citizenship and forbidding the states to restrict the basic rights of citizens or other persons.
An amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1868. It was primarily concerned with details of reintegrating the southern states after the Civil War and defining some of the rights of recently freed slaves. The first section of the amendment, however, was to revolutionize federalism. It stated that no state could “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Gradually, the Supreme Court interpreted the amendment to mean that the guarantees of the Bill of Rights apply to the states as well as to the national government.
[fawrth, fohrth] /fɔrθ, foʊrθ/ adjective 1. next after the third; being the ordinal number for four. 2. being one of four equal parts. 3. Automotive. of, relating to, or operating at the gear transmission ratio at which the drive shaft speed is greater than that of third gear for a given engine crankshaft speed, but […]
noun 1. an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, prohibiting unlawful search and seizure of personal property.
[fawrth-klas, -klahs, fohrth-] /ˈfɔrθˈklæs, -ˈklɑs, ˈfoʊrθ-/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or designated as a class next below third, as for mailing, shipping, etc. adverb 2. as fourth-class matter; by fourth-class mail: Send it fourth-class. noun 1. (in the U.S. Postal Service) the class of mail consisting of merchandise weighing one pound or more, including […]
noun 1. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy”: fourth of the Ten Commandments.