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William

Chapter 2 Vocabulary

TermDefinition
monarch a person, such as a king or queen who reigns over a kingdom or empire
dictator a person who rules with complete and absolute power
democracy people of a nation; they elect officials who act on their behalf
direct democracy voters in a community in one place to make laws and decide what actions to take
republic system of government
constitution a written plan of government
human rights are the basic rights to which all people are entitled
confederation a loose association, rather than a firm union of states
sovereignty absolute authority
parliament the law-making body of Great Britain
federalism a federal system; there is division of powers
compromise an agreement in which each side gives up part of its demands in order to reach a solution to a problem
ratification approval
federalists supporters of the constitution who favor a strong national government
anti-federalists people who opposed the new constitution and the federal system of government
Created by: ladymacbeth1027