commerce clause
commerce clause n often cap both Cs: a clause in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution that empowers Congress to regulate interstate commerce and commerce with foreign countries and that forms the constitutional basis for much federal regulation see also article i of the constitution in the back matter

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

Commerce Clause
n.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the power to regulate commerce with foreign nations, among the states, and with American Indian tribes.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


commerce clause
n. The provision in the United States Constitution that gives Congress the sole power to regulate the United States' foreign commerce, interstate commerce, and commerce with Native American tribes.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


commerce clause
The provision of the U.S. Constitution that gives Congress exclusive power over trade activities among the states and with foreign countries and Indian tribes.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


commerce clause
The provision of the U.S. Constitution that gives Congress exclusive power over trade activities among the states and with foreign countries and Indian tribes.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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