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absorption n: the application to the states of rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution [while Powell [v. Alabama ] was sometimes described as having absorbed the right to counsel, the Court there clearly limited any such "W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel"]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.