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grand'father clause"




1. U.S. Hist.a clause in the constitutions of some Southern states after 1890 intended to permit whites to vote while disfranchising blacks: it exempted from new literacy and property qualifications for voting those men entitled to vote before 1867 and their lineal descendants.
2. any legal provision that exempts a business, class of persons, etc., from a new government regulation that would affect prior rights and privileges.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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