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To put into action, practice, or force; to make use of something, such as a right or option.

To exercise dominion over land is to openly indicate absolute possession and control.

To exercise discretion is to choose between doing and not doing something, the decision being based on sound judgment.


(Discharge a function), verb act, administer, carry into execution, carry on, carry out, conduct, do duty, efficere, engage in, execute, exercere, facere, officiate, perform, practice, pursue, put in motion, put into action, put into effect, put into practice, serve as, translate into action, wage
Associated concepts: authority exercised under the United States Constitution, exercise an option, exercise jurisdiccion, exercise of judicial discretion
Foreign phrases: Cui jurisdictio data est, ea quoque connessa esse videntur, sine quibus jurisdictio explicari non potest.To whomsoever jurisdiction is given, those things also are supposed to be granted, without which the jurissiction cannot be exercised. Frustra est potentia quae nunquam venit in actum. A power is a vain one if it is never exercised.


(Use), verb apply, avail oneself of, bring into play, bring to bear, draw on, employ, make use of, operate, practice, put in action, put in practice, put to use, put to work, turn to account, utilize, wield
Associated concepts: exercise a right to vote, exercise an option, exercise discretion, exercise dominion, exercise due care, exercise of power
See also: act, apply, campaign, commission, discipline, effort, employ, endeavor, enterprise, exert, exploit, labor, officiate, operate, ply, practice, problem, resort, transaction, undertaking, wield, work
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Among the Court's earliest forays into free exercise were the Mormon polygamy cases in the late 1800's.
Foul" in the baseball sense because some of the Supreme Court's recent cases applying the First Amendment establishment and free exercise clauses keep rolling wide of the right(s) baseline.
Locke maintained that citizens should be allowed free exercise of religion except in cases where such exercise harms society or poses the possibility of social harm.
The very same constitutional amendment guarantees free exercise, free speech, and the right to assemble to petition.
The originalist approach outlined by Michael McConnell makes a historical argument that the Free Exercise Clause was written in light of a belief that the exercise of religion is conformity with a set of duties owed to a deity with higher authority than the state.
Overview of the Free Exercise Issues Implicated by the HHS Mandate B.
By imposing an unwanted minister," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority, "the state infringes the Free Exercise Clause, which protects a religious group's right to shape its own faith and mission through its appointments.
Conversely, if engaging in secular activity disqualifies a corporation for free exercise protection, then religious non-profits also do not qualify for such protection.
The court rejected his free exercise claim because the assistant chief failed to establish that the government had placed a substantial burden on his exercise of religious freedom by conducting the investigation.
The ACLJ letter states: "The speech activities of private citizens responsible for funding, planning, and building this memorial are fully protected by the First Amendment, which forbids the government from prohibiting the free exercise of religion or abridging the freedom of speech.
By enacting RFRA, Congress protected acts of religious conscience, but only because the Free Exercise Clause protects religious acts and not all acts of conscience.