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Government Terms

Vocabulary words

TermDefinition
Bicameral consisting of two houses, or chambers, especially in a legislature
Unicameral a government with only one legislative house or chamber
Bill a draft of a law presented to a legislature
Veto to reject a bill and prevent it from becoming a law
Preside to occupy the place of authority or control, as in an assembly or meeting; act as president or chairperson
Congress a meeting of elected or appointed representatives
Executive Branch the branch of government, headed by the president, that carries out the nation’s laws and policies
Legislative Branch the branch of government that makes the nation’s laws
Judicial Branch the branch of government, including the federal court system, that interprets the nation’s laws
Government a form or system of rule by which a country, state and community is governed
Constitution a formal plan of government
Amendment an addition to a formal document such as the Constitution
Article a part of a document, such as the Constitution, that deals with a single subject
Preamble the introduction to a formal document, especially the Constitution
Compromise an agreement between two or more sides in which each side gives up some of what it wants
Federalism sharing of power between the federal and state governments
Federalists supporters of the Constitution
Created by: Roadrunners#1