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11th Amendment an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees a level of sovereign immunity to states by forbidding federal courts from ruling on cases brought against a state by a citizen of another state. The 11th Amendment, ratified in 1795, was passed after the Supreme Court ruled, in Chisholm v. Georgia, in favor of a citizen of South Carolina who was trying to recover debt that was owed him by the state of Georgia. The passage of the amendment overturned this ruling.
22nd Amendment an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that ensures that no person can be elected to more than two four-year terms as President of the United States. The 22nd Amendment, ratified in 1951, was passed in reaction to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office.
a1 A is the first letter of the English alphabet. We also write it as a. The English alphabet has 26 letters, but every letter has a large size and a small size. We call each letter by the same name, but we often write the large letter and the small letter a little differently. [2/6 definitions]
aardvark a nocturnal mammal of southern Africa that has a long snout, long ears, and powerful claws for digging, and that feeds on ants using its extensile tongue.
abaca a Philippine plant of the banana family that yields a fiber used in making rope.
aback of a sail, positioned so that the wind pushes against the front side. [1/2 definitions]
abandon ship to extricate oneself from a situation where danger or failure seems imminent, often at the expense of loyalty to a group or cause. [1/2 definitions]
abase to bring down the rank, status, or reputation of; degrade.
abate to become less in amount, degree, or intensity; subside. [1/3 definitions]
abatement the ending or suppression of a lawsuit, a nuisance, or the like. [1/2 definitions]
abatis an obstacle constructed by bending and sharpening the branches of trees or implanting sharpened limbs in a soil barricade, sometimes interlaced with barbed wire.
abattoir a place where animals are killed and cut up for food; slaughterhouse.
abbé a title of respect for any clergyman, esp. in France.
aberrant turning aside from what is natural, right, or true; perverse. [1/2 definitions]
abeyance in law, a condition of temporarily undetermined ownership, as of property or an estate. [1/2 definitions]
abhorrent causing feelings of extreme loathing or horror; abominable. [1/3 definitions]
abide to continue. [2/6 definitions]
ability the capacity or power to do something; quality of being able. [1/2 definitions]
abiotic characterized by an absence of living organisms; without life.
ablative1 the ablative case. [2/3 definitions]
ablaze fiery in color and brilliance. [1/2 definitions]