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  1. Human Rights Act

    • (in the UK) an Act of Parliament by which the European Convention on Human Rights was incorporated into UK law. It came into effect in 2000.
    • a privilege or concession that cannot be claimed as a right
    • (in English history) each of three Acts of Parliament passed during the reign of Henry VIII regarding the succession of his children.
    • an instance of uncontrollable natural forces in operation (often used in insurance claims)
    • noun

      a federal statute prohibiting use of the military in civilian law enforcement.
    • behave in a way appropriate to the particular role or situation that one is in
    • noun

      (in the Roman Catholic Church) a penitential prayer:

      something done to make amends for an offence.

    • a statute of 1701 that vested the British Crown in Sophia of Hanover (granddaughter of James I of England and VI of Scotland) and her Protestant heirs, so excluding Roman Catholics, including the Stuarts, from the succession. Sophia's son became George I. The Succession to the Crown Act (2013) removed the ban on a person married to a Roman Catholic succeeding to the Crown.
    • (in the UK) the legislation that controls access to confidential information important for national security.
    • (in British history) either of the parliamentary acts by which the countries of the United Kingdom were brought together as a political whole. By the first Act of Union (1707) Scotland was joined with England to form Great Britain. The second Act of Union (1801) established the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Wales had been incorporated with England in 1536.
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