grandfather clause definition

  • noun:
    • A provision in a statute that exempts those already involved with a regulated task or company through the brand-new regulations established because of the statute.
    • A clause when you look at the constitutions of several south says before the year 1915, intended to disfranchise African Americans by exempting from strict voting requirements all lineal descendants of people have been subscribed voters before 1867.
    • A clause or area, especially in a law, giving exclusions for people or organisations who were afflicted with earlier problems.
    • an exemption according to circumstances present ahead of the adoption of some plan; regularly enfranchise illiterate whites in south after the US Civil War

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