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NOBILITY. An order of men in several countries to whom privileges are granted at the expense of the rest of the people.
     2. The constitution of the United States provides that no state shall "grant any title of nobility; and no person can become a citizen of the United States until he has renounced all titles of nobility." The Federalist, No. 84; 2 Story, Laws U. S. 851. 3. There is not in the constitution any general prohibition against any citizen whomsoever, whether in public or private life, accepting any foreign title of nobility. An amendment of the constitution in this respect has been recommended by congress, but it has not been ratified by a sufficient number of states to make it a part of the constitution. Rawle on the Const. 120; Story, Const. Sec. 1346.

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We only sell feudal, manorial and titles of nobility (non-British peerages) that conform with Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act, 1925.
we have confirmed a tradition of liberty, equality, and justice, where we are no more able to punish children for the actions of their parents than we are to pass titles of nobility down from one generation to the next," states Johnson.
we have confirmed a tradition of liberty, equality and justice, where we are no more able to punish children for the actions of their parents than we are to pass titles of nobility down from one generation to the next.