Fifth' Amend'ment

an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, providing chiefly that no person be required to testify against himself or herself in a criminal case and that no person be subjected to a second trial for an offense for which he or she has been duly tried previously.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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