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More Perfect Union

Chapter 7 Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Bicameral Having, consisting of, or based on two legislative chambers
Republic A government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law
Ordinance An authoritative decree or direction
Depreciate To lower in honor, esteem, or price
Depression A reduction in activity, amount, quality, or force
Manumission The act or process of releasing form slavery
Proportional Corresponding in size, degree, or intensity
Compromise Settlement of differences by consent reached by mutual concessions
Federalism The distribution of power in an organization (such as a government) between a central authority and the constituent
Legislative Branch The legislative branch is in charge of making laws. It is made up of the Congress and several Government agencies
Executive Branch The branch of government charged with the execution and enforcement of laws and policies and the administration of public affairs.
Electoral College A body of people representing the states of the US, who formally cast votes for the election of the president and vice president
Judicial Branch The court systems of local, state, and federal governments, responsible for interpreting the laws passed by the legislative branch and enforced by the executive branch.
Check 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 or amending a law or document (such as a constitution) by parliamentary or constitutional procedure
Federalist A person who advocates or supports a system of government in which several states unite under a central authority.
Anti-Federalist A person who opposed the adoption of the U.S. Constitution
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