Fourteenth Amendment Law and Legal Definition

The Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits anyone, by virtue of public position under a state government, to deprive another of property, life, or liberty, without due process of law, or deny or take away the equal protection of the laws. All state legislation, and state action of any kind, which impairs the privileges and immunities of citizens of the United States, or which injures them in life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or which denies to any of them the equal protection of the laws is prohibited by the Fourteenth Amendment. The Fourteenth Amendment prohibits states from violating an individual's rights of due process and equal protection.