A phrase in the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution requiring that states guarantee the same rights, privileges, and protections to all citizens. This doctrine reinforces that of due process of law and prevents states from passing or enforcing laws that arbitrarily discriminate against anyone.
|equal protection of the laws|
|a right guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution and by the due-process clause of the Fifth Amendment|
|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|
|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|