Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Passing a statute abrogating or lessening the means of enforcement of a contract. See 107 U. S. 711, 27 L. Ed. 448, 2 Sup. Ct. Rep. 128.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    For the meaning of this phrase in the constitution of the United States, see 2 Story, Const. ยงยง 1374-1399; 1 Kent, Comm. 413-422; Pom. Const. Law; Black, Const. Law (3d Ed) p. 720 et seq.