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TermDefinition
constitution a detailed written plan for a government
bicameral a legislature consisting of two houses
confederation a group of individuals or state governments
ratify to vote approval of
constitutional convention meeting of state delegates in 1787 leading to adoption of new constitution
great compromise agreement providing a duel system of congressional representation
three-fifths compromise agreement providing that enslaved persons would count as 3/5 of other persons in determining representation in congress
electoral college a group of people named by each state senator to select the president and vice president
federalist supporters of the constitution
federalism form of government in which power is divided between federal or national government and state
anti-federalists those who opposed the ratification of the constitution
preamble opening section of the constitution
legislative branch lawmaking branch of government
executive branch the branch of government that carries out laws
judicial branch branch of government that interprets laws
amendment any change in the constitution
popular sovereignty notion that power lies with the people
rule of law principle that the law applies to everyone even those who govern
separation of powers the split of authority among the legislative executive and judicial branches of government
checks and balances a system in which each branch of government is able to check or restrain the powers of the others
expressed powers powers that the congress has that are listed in the constitution
reserved powers powers that the constitution does not give to the national government and are kept by the state
concurrent powers powers shared by state and current governments
Created by: ColeGillespie
 

 



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