Meaning of Fifth Amendment in English:

Fifth Amendment

Translate Fifth Amendment into Spanish

noun

  • An amendment to the US Constitution that contains a number of provisions relating to criminal law, including guarantees of due process and of the right to refuse to answer questions in order to avoid incriminating oneself.

    ‘she has since refused to testify before Congress, invoking the Fifth Amendment’
    • ‘The three lines of cases can be read to point to a very specific definition of the Fifth Amendment privilege.’
    • ‘The immunity doctrine appears to rest on a particular view of the Fifth Amendment.’
    • ‘The 1918 law, the Court held, violated the liberty of contract protected by the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.’
    • ‘Accordingly, the act of filing is a waiver of the taxpayer's rights under the Fifth Amendment.’
    • ‘Under normal circumstances, a person must assert his Fifth Amendment rights or forfeit them.’
    • ‘The Fifth Amendment, which grants the right of a grand jury indictment for serious crimes, makes an exception for courts-martial.’
    • ‘He went on to challenge the Kansas scheme, arguing that it compels him to incriminate himself in violation of the Fifth Amendment.’
    • ‘It held that the Fifth Amendment's privilege against self-incrimination was not applicable in such proceedings.’
    • ‘The Fifth Amendment bans compelled self-incrimination.’
    • ‘Subpoenaed to appear before Congress, several officials refused to answer questions, citing the Fifth Amendment.’

Phrases

    take the Fifth Amendment
    • (in the US) exercise the right, guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, of refusing to answer questions in order to avoid incriminating oneself.

      ‘he took the Fifth Amendment when questioned about the apparently flawed bankruptcy filing’
      • ‘Her lawyers said she would take the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination if the panel subpoenaed her.’
      • ‘I don't know if he testified or he took the Fifth Amendment.’
      • ‘Then he was asked, are you taking the Fifth Amendment?’
      • ‘He's showing up, apparently no immunity was granted, he is not taking the Fifth Amendment.’
      • ‘When he announced he would take the Fifth Amendment if grilled by defense attorneys on the new allegations, prosecutors dropped him from the witness list.’
      • ‘The Army dentist took the Fifth Amendment multiple times in connection with his affiliation with the Communist Party.’
      • ‘During the trial, she refused to testify about the welfare matter, pleading the Fifth Amendment.’
      • ‘He pleaded the Fifth Amendment and was sentenced to six months in jail.’
      • ‘He said through his attorney that he would plead the Fifth Amendment if subpoenaed.’
      • ‘I was asked seven questions to which I also pleaded the Fifth Amendment.’