grandfather clause - definition

Create account
Where to search:
Thesaurus


Dictionaries » Dictionary of Law » G »

grandfather clause - definition



A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
(Non-alphabetical character)

grandfather clause Search for pronunciation examples


n. 1) a clause in a statute or zoning ordinance (particularly a city ordinance) which permits the operator of a business or a land owner to be exempt from restrictions on use if the business or property continues to be used as it was when the law was adopted. Upon passage of the statute or regulation, the specific property may be referred to as "grandfathered in." Example: the city passes an ordinance which does not permit retail businesses in a particular zone, but any existing store can continue to function in the area, even with new owners. However, if the premises stop being a retail outlet then the grandfather clause will lapse. 2) among the state constitutional amendments passed by southern states in the late 1800s to keep blacks from voting, "grandfather clauses" denied voter registration to people who were illiterate, who did not own property or could not pass a test on citizenship obligations, unless their grandfathers had served in the Confederate Army. Such laws are now unconstitutional.



Permanent link to this page: http://www.diclib.com/cgi-bin/d1.cgi?l=en&base=en_law&page=showid&id=1022


Learn foreign languages chatting with us!

  • cristal, 41
    Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    cristal
  • ericksanti, 20
    Argentina, Buenos Aires
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: Spanish
    Soy estudiante de Universitario con deseos de aprender mas idiomas y es por eso que recurro a esta pagina si alguien esta dispuesto a ayudarme se lo agrade- seria mucho gracias de ante mano
    ericksanti
  • Carlos Toapanta, 44
    Ecuador, Quito
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    Me interesa relacionarme con personas que me ayuden a resolver distintas preguntas como: cuales fueron los padres de Aquiles?
    Carlos Toa...
  • Juli, 37
    Russian Federation, Novorossiysk
    Native language: Russian
    Foreign language: Spanish
    Yo trabajo como analista financiero. En mi tiempo libre me encanta la pesca, la lectura. Me gusta dibujar y cantar, pero lo hago mal. Ahora está tratando de aprender español.
    Juli
  • gretel, 29
    Guatemala, Quetzaltenango
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    gretel
  • mayra, 17
    Colombia, Barranquilla
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: Spanish
    mayra
  • karina
    Ecuador, Guayaquil
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: Spanish
    karina
  • leider moises ospino arias, 18
    Colombia, Bogotã¡
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: Spanish
    soy muy interesante en mi musika kiero terminar mis estudios rapido para poder hacer mi carrera y seguir con mi muscika le doy gracias a DIOS POR TODO LO QUE HA HECHO POR MI Y POR DARME UNA FAMILIA CRISTIANA
    leider moi...
  • DIANA PATINO
    China, Guangzhou
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: Spanish
    Soy Colombiana de la ciudad de Medellín, estoy trabajando en China y mi urgencia es aprender el Ingles.
    DIANA PATI...
  • el lider, 25
    Venezuela, Caracas
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    soy un buen hombre y me gusta chatear com amigos y persone desconocida
    el lider
  • Sneider, 20
    Colombia, Cali
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    Sneider
  • Мухтор, 24
    Russian Federation, Khabarovsk
    Native language: Russian
    Foreign language: English
    Мухтор
  • sylvale, 41
    Argentina, Parana
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    sylvale
  • haley, 23
    Colombia, Santa Fe De Bogota
    Native language: Estonian
    Foreign language: English
    i&# 39; m easy going, very relaxed, but i like fight for my dreams til i get to the goal; also i like do exercise but at the moment i don&# 39; t have enough time, i&# 39; m very focused on my career, i would like meet people, who i can talk and share...
    haley
  • kristy, 33
    Russian Federation, Izhevsk
    Native language: French
    Foreign language: English
    kristy
  • Che
    China, Guangzhou
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: Chinese Traditional
    Che
  • Celi Barboza, 17
    Argentina, San Juan
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    Celi Barbo...
  • eli villarroel, 19
    Ecuador, Esmeraldas
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: Spanish
    eli villar...
  • beatriz, 20
    Argentina, Lanus
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    beatriz
  • katy, 20
    Peru, Lima
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: Spanish
    katy