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Foundations Unit

Foundations of American Constitutional Vocab

TermDefinition
Rule of Law all people including those who govern are bound by the law
Limited Government Government is not all powerful- it may only do those things that people have given it the power to do
Consent of the Governed citizens are the source of all government power
Representative Government People elect leaders to make the laws and govern on their behalf
Democracy Government in which the people rule
Charter a written grant by a country's legislative power, by which an institution such as a company, college, or city is created and its rights and privileges defined.
Declaration a formal statement or announcement
Statute a written law passed by a legislative body
Grievance an official statement of a complaint over something believed to be wrong or unfair.
Affirmed To state as a fact
Unalienable Rights Rights that cannot be taken away or denied
Pursuit the act of following or pursuing something
Liberty Freedom
Confederation an organization that consists of a number of parties or groups united in an alliance
Amendment A change or an addition to the Constitution
Ratify To give formal consent
Propose To put forward an idea for consideration or discussion by others
Preamble The introduction to the United States Constitution
Union Being joined together (especially in a political context)
Justice Fair behavior or treatment
Tranquility calm;peaceful
Welfare The health, happiness, and fortunes of a person or group
Posterity All future generations of people
Ordain To order something officially
Domestic Existing or occurring inside a particular country
Congress The national legislative branch of the US (the people that make the national laws)
General Assembly The state legislative branch of VA (the people that make the state laws)
Created by: brittany_jones16