grandfather clause

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grandfather clause an exemption based on circumstances existing prior to the adoption of some policy; used to enfranchise illiterate whites in south after the American Civil War
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Idioms

Grandfather clause - An existing condition, usually in a contract or other agreement, that cannot be changed, even if the conditions are changed for others.
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Usage

In literature:

Copy of the requested Preamble to the clauses in her Grandfather's Will: inclosed in the preceding Letter.
"Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
This enactment, known as the "grandfather clause," went far toward the elimination of the negro.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
It didn't have a thing in the world to do with Santa Claus being a grandfather.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Grandfather clause, the, 200.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
The Southern states did the same by "grandfather" and "understanding" clauses.
"Races and Immigrants in America" by John R. Commons
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In news:

Governor Christie is strongly urging Garden State lawmakers to pass legislation to end user -fees imposed by towns – with no grandfather clause.
A Grandfather Clause For Affairs.
Grandfather clause for zoning chance.
CONTROL contributor Angela Summers addresses ANSI/ISA 84.00.01-2004 and concludes it is identical to IEC 61511 with one exception: a US grandfather clause for existing safety instrumented systems.
Grandfather raising special needs children joins Santa Claus Girls Delivery Day (photos).
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