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The Constitution

Constitution A plan of government.
Republic A form of government in which people elect representatives to run a country.
Territory Land that belongs to a national government but is not a state.
Ambassador A representative from one country to another.
Ordinance A law or set of laws.
Inflation An economic condition in which it takes more and more money to but the same goods.
Township A square of land in the Northwest Territory that measured 6 miles per side.
Convention An important meeting.
Delegate A representative.
Preamble The introduction to the constitution.
Compromise To give up some of what you want in order to reach an agreement.
Debate To argue opposite sides of an issue.
Federal System A governing system in which the states share authority with the national government.
Bill An idea for a new law.
Union The USA.
Legislative Branch The branch of government that makes the laws.
Executive Branch The branch of government that carries out laws.
Judicial Branch The branch of government that settles differences about the meaning of the laws.
Separation of Powers The division of the national government into 3 branches instead of having one all-powerful branch.
Majority The greater part of a whole.
Override A vote to cancel.
Census A population count.
Veto A power the president has to reject a bill passed by congress.
Electoral College A group of electors chosen by citizens to vote for the president.
Impeach To accuse a government official, such as the President, of wrongdoing.
Justice A judge who serves on the Supreme Court.
Unconstitutional Going against the constitution.
Checks and Balances A system that gives each branch of government different powers so that each branch can check the authority of the others.
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