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Constitution Vocab

U.S. Constitution Vocabulary Terms

TermDefinition
Preamble of the United States Constitution The opening statement explaining the purpose of the Constitution.
Supreme Court The highest court in the United States.
Impeach To formally accuse an official of a crime against the United States (ie. Treason).
Bill of Rights The first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.
Regulate To control.
Commerce Business activities within a state, across state lines, and outside the country’s borders.
Amend To change the Constitution.
Due Process of Law: The right of every citizen to the same fair rules in all cases brought to trial, protected by the 5th Amendment. Your rights are the right to notice, hearing, and appeal.
Popular Sovereignty The power of the government comes from the people of the country.
Separation of Powers System in which the power of a government is divided among three separate branches. No branch can overstep its boundaries and act as another branch.
Federalism The division of power between the states and the national government.
Checks and Balances The system set up by the Constitution in which each branch of the government has the power to check, or control, the actions of the other branches.
Veto To reject
Bill A proposed law
General Welfare The well-being of the citizens.
Created by: babel