Meaning of self-denying bill in English:

self-denying bill

noun

  • A parliamentary bill which deprives those passing it of some advantage or benefit; specifically a resolution of 1645 of the Long Parliament ordaining that no member of parliament should hold any civil or military office (historical).

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Narcissus Luttrell (1657–1732), annalist and book collector.