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The Early Republic

AP Study Notes and Pearson Vocabulary

adverse preventing success or development; harmful; unfavorable
insurrection a violent uprising against an authority or government
suppress to forcibly put an end to, or to prevent the dissemination of information
volatile liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse
confiscate to take or seize (someone's property) with authority; to take a possession as a penalty
entrenched (of an attitude, habit, or belief) firmly established and difficult or unlikely to change; ingrained
fledgling a person or organization that is immature, inexperienced, or/and is still developing
upheaval a violent or sudden change or disruption to something
impressment the act of forcing (someone) to serve in an army or navy
bolster to support or strenghthen
perilous full of danger or risk
advocate a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy or a person who pleads on someone else's behalf
sanctity ultimate importance and inviolability
subversive seeking or intended to undermine the power and/or the authority of an established system, government or institution
perpetual never ending or changing; occurring repeatedly; so frequent as to seem endless and uninterrupted
caucus a conference of members of a legislative body who belong to a particular party or faction (to discuss strategy or tactics)
requisition demand the use or supply of, especially by official order and for military or public use
quorum the minimum number of members of an assembly or society that must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid
anarchy a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority; lawlessness or anti-governmental disorder
cabinet the body of official advisers to the head of a government
fiscal relating to government revenue, especially taxes; concerning public finances
excise a tax levied on certain goods and commodities produced or sold within a country and on licenses granted for certain activities
despotism the exercise of absolute power, especially in a cruel and oppressive way; arbitrary or tyrannical rule
nullification ONLY in American politics, the belief that a state may legally invalidate a federal act which deems inconsistent with its sovereignty
writ a form of written command in the name of a court or other legal authority to act, or abstain from acting, in some way
cede to give up power or territory often under pressure or upon request
precedent an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances
embargo an official ban on trade or other commercial activity with a particular country
demogogue a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument
constituents voting members of a community or organization and having the power to appoint, elect and/or make change to a political constitution
usurpation the act of taking a position of power or importance illegally or by force; encroaching or infringing upon someone's rights
Created by: Ms. Marshall