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1.7 Concepts of Con

1.7 Concepts of the Constitution

TermDefinition
checks and balances a principle of the federal government, according to the U.S. Constitution, that allows each branch of government to limit the power of the other branches
constitutional government a form of government based on a written set of laws that all citizens agree to; in this form of government, the constitution is the highest law of the land
judicial review the power of the U.S. courts to examine the laws or actions of the legislative and executive branches of the government and to determine whether such actions are consistent with the U.S. Constitution
limited government a government that has been limited in power by a constitution, or written agreement
Marbury v. Madison U.S. Supreme Court case that established judicial review
separation of powers the structure of the federal government, according to the U.S. Constitution, that sets up three branches with their own distinct powers and responsibilities