corruption of blood

noun English Law.
the impurity before law that results from attainder and disqualifies the attainted person from inheriting, retaining, or bequeathing lands or interests in lands: abolished in 1870.

Origin:
1555–65

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No attainder shall work corruption of blood, nor except during the life of the offender forfeiture of estate.
No conviction of treason or attainder shall work corruption of blood or forfeiture of estate.
No conviction shall work corruption of blood or forfeiture of estate.
No conviction shall work corruption of blood, nor forfeiture of estate.
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