Meaning of “due process” in the English Dictionary

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due processnoun [ U ]

/ˌdjuː ˈprəʊ.ses/ /ˌduː ˈprɑː.ses/ also due process of law specialized

Examples from literature

  • But Gray, standing on soil covered by this Constitution, can be robbed of liberty, or the wages of his toil, only by due process of law. 
  • Equality. —If due process is to be secured, the laws must operate alike upon all, and not subject the individual to the arbitrary exercise of governmental power unrestrained by established principles of private rights and distributive justice. 
  • In the particular instance of the American nation he is protected in this right by a constitutional provision that he must not be deprived of his property without due process of law. 
  • It does not in terms take the property of the employer without due process of law. 
  • The king will fine instead of seize the land of his tenants who sell or alienate their land, such fine to be determined by the Chancellor by due process. 

(Definition of “due process” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"due process" in American English

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due processnoun [ C usually sing ]

/ˈdu ˈprɑs·es, ˈproʊ·ses/ short form of due process of law

politics & government a citizen's fair treatment within the rules of a government's legal system

(Definition of “due process” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"due process" in Business English

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due processnoun [ U ]

uk us LAW

the legal right to be treated equally and fairly:

We will continue working towards attaining the highest human rights standards and ensuring due process under the law.

the way in which a legal case must be dealt with in order to make certain that it is fair:

A federal judge this month ruled that the defendant's due process rights had been violated.

(Definition of “due process” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)