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SS Vocab Quiz # 4

TermDefinition
Reason the use of scientific and logical thinking to draw conclusions about society
Enlightment was sparked by scientists who used reason, along with experiments,to figure out how the universe worked
Natural Law law that applied to everyone and that could be understood through reason
Tabula Rasa a blank slate or mind
Natural Rights rights belonging to all humans from birth
Social Contract an agreement between citizens and their ruler
Declaration Of Independence is a government document declaring the Independence of the American Colonies from Great Britain
Philsophes an educated person who uses reason to study life
Separation Of Powers division of power among the branches of government
Checks and Balances the form of government set up by the United States Constitution
Civic Virtue duty as a citizen
Constitution a plan of government, basically sets the terms of government
Unwritten Constitution is a collection of laws, traditions, and court decisions that develops over time
Written Constitution is a document stating the rules and principles on which nation
Supreme Law the rules that shape the actions of government and people
Preamble introduction to the United States Constitution
Constitutional Law a body of rulings that carry legal force
Autocracy a government in which power rests in the hands of a single authority
Oligarchy Any system of government in which a small group holds power
Democracy Any system in which people hold power
Created by: KeyLime1600