Fourteenth Amendment noun
- an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1868, defining national citizenship and forbidding the states to restrict the basic rights of citizens or other persons.
fourteenth amendment in Culture Fourteenth Amendment
An amendment to the United States, adopted in 1868. It was primarily concerned with details of reintegrating the southern states after the and defining some of the rights of recently freed slaves. The first section of the amendment, however, was to revolutionize . It stated that no state could “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without ; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the .” Gradually, the interpreted the amendment to mean that the guarantees of the apply to the states as well as to the national government.