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Vocabulary: Unit 7

Unit 7: More Perfect Union Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Bicameral Having two legislative branches or chambers
Republic A type of government where the people elect a representative
Ordinance An order or law made by the government
Depreciate To lower the worth or value of
Depression A period of low general economic activity marked especially by rising levels of unemployment
Manumission The process of releasing one from slavery
Proportional Corresponding in size, degree, or intensity, or having the same ratio
Compromise The settlement of of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions
Federalism The distribution of power in a government between a central authority and the constituent units
Legislative Branch The part of government that is charged with such powers as making laws, levying and collecting taxes, and making financial appropriations
Executive Branch The branch of government that is charged with such powers as diplomatic representation, superintendence of the execution of the laws, and appointment of officials and that usually has some power over legislation
Electoral College A body of electors (that elects the president and vice president of the U.S.)
Judicial Branch The branch of government that is charged with trying all cases that involve the government and with the administration of justice
Checks and Balances A system that allows each branch of a government to amend or veto acts of another branch so as to prevent any one branch from exerting too much power
Amendment the process of altering a law or document by parliamentary or constitutional procedure
Created by: CharlotteT.