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Unit 4 Vocabulary

A New Nation/ Government

TermDefinition
amendment a change or improvement
Articles of Confederation the first plan for government of the United States
Bill of Rights amendments to the U.S. Constitution that protect citizens’ basic rights
checks and balances the separation of powers in a democracy that gives each branch of government - the legislative, executive, and judicial - some form of authority over the others
civic responsibility the duties related to being a citizen
constitution a written plan for government that describes the principles and organization for a nation
democracy a government in which citizens have the power to make political decisions
executive the branch of government that carries out the laws; the U.S. President and his or her administration
judicial the branch of government that interprets the laws; the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts
legislative the branch of government that makes laws; the U.S. Congress
ratify to approve
separation of powers the plan to divide the powers and duties of government into separate branches
veto to refuse to approve something
Created by: kkankel