Definitions for magna charta
Magna Carta, Magna Charta, The Great Charter(noun)
the royal charter of political rights given to rebellious English barons by King John in 1215
the great Charter, so called, obtained by the English barons from King John, A. D. 1215. This name is also given to the charter granted to the people of England in the ninth year of Henry III., and confirmed by Edward I
hence, a fundamental constitution which guaranties rights and privileges
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
"the great charter," extorted from King John by the barons of England at Runnymede on June 5, 1215, that guaranteed certain rights and privileges to the subjects of the realm, which were pronounced inviolable, and that established the supremacy of the law over the will of the monarch.
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