level: Introductory (1) [ order by level] The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, passed to reassure some supporters of the recently ratified Constitution that the federal government would not interfere with individual rights or the states' authority to regulate those rights.
the Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution. These amendments were ratified on December 15, 1791. The Bill of Rights was proposed to ensure that individuals would have civil rights and could avoid the tyranny of an overly-powerful central government.
The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments to the Constitution (adopted in 1791) that protect individual liberties and states' rights against the power of the national government; more generally, a bill of rights is a written summary of inalienable rights and liberties.
A bill of rights is a list or summary of rights that are considered important and essential by a group of people. The purpose of these bills is to protect those rights against infringement by other people and the government. The term "bill of rights" originates from Britain, and it refers to the fact that English Bill of Rights was literally a bill, which is a proposed law, that was passed by Parliament in 1689.