Yick Wo doctrine (yik woh). The principle that a law or ordinance giving a person or entity absolute discretion to grant or deny permission to carry on a lawful business violates the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356, 6 S.Ct. 1064 (1886).
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