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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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One reported case has adopted the Smith standard to address free exercise claims in the context of sex offender civil confinement.
a United States District Court in Florida evaluated a committed SVP's free exercise claims under both the Turner test and, in the alternative, a "compelling interest test.
posed some substantial threat to public safety, peace or order," (37) but only if the burden on free exercise resulted from a "compelling state interest in the regulation of a subject within the State's constitutional power to regulate.
The Court found that the appellant's disqualification indirectly burdened her free exercise because the disqualification exerted severe pressure on her to abandon her religious beliefs.
The basic axiom of free exercise jurisprudence is found in
Supreme Court free exercise jurisprudence before it.
The natural starting point in assessing a for-profit corporation's ability to seek a religious exemption is to ask whether corporations, as such, have free exercise rights.
26) Regarding the nature of the Free Exercise Clause, the Third Circuit joined Chief Judge Briscoe's Hobby Lobby opinion in employing the liberal focus on the nature of the entity making the claim, stating that free exercise is an "inherently 'human' right" (27) and questioning "whether a corporation can 'believe' at all.
While the lack of precedent may suggest that the lower federal courts are writing on a tabula rasa with respect to corporate free exercise rights, the slate is not as blank as several district courts have suggested.
Although the Supreme Court has not specifically addressed whether for-profit corporations have free exercise rights, it has established rules for determining whether corporations can invoke particular constitutional rights.
The mischaracterization of Yoder would be more troubling if the traditional story of Free Exercise Clause jurisprudence were accurate, but the reality is that Sherbert and Yoder were never the panacea they have been made out to be.
we are left with the basic notion that the Free Exercise Clause does not require exemptions to generally applicable laws.