a man's home is his castle

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A man's home is his castle definition


People enjoy the position of rulers in their own homes, and others have no right to enter without the householder's permission.

Note: The legal doctrine “A man's home is his castle” is reflected in the Bill of Rights: “The right of the people to be secure in their &ellipsis; houses &ellipsis; against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated.”
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A man's home is his castle definition


A proverbial expression that illustrates the principle of individual privacy, which is fundamental to the American system of government. In this regard, the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution — part of the Bill of Rights — prohibits “unreasonable searches and seizures.” (See also under “Proverbs.”)

Note: Disagreement over the extent of personal privacy and over interpretation of unreasonable has brought many cases before the Supreme Court.
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