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Federal relating to a government where power is shared between the central national government and that of the states, or provinces
Constitution a document that organizes a government and states its powers
Ordinance an official law, decree, or directive
Ratify to approve formally, by vote
BilLof Rights the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution; a list of guarantees to which every person in a country is entitled
Sovereign having the right of self-rule or independent government
Delegate a person chosen or elected to represent a group of people
Executive branch the section of the U.S. government headed by the president; responsible for enforcing laws
Legislative branch - The section of the U.S. government led by Congress; responsible for making the laws
Judicial branch the section of the U.S. government that includes the courts and legal system; led by the Supreme Court; responsible for interpreting laws
Separation of Powers the separation of governmental power among the three branches of the U.S. government; the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch
Checks and balances the system established by the U.S. Constitution that gives each of the branches of government the power to limit the power of the other two
Electoral college - the group that elects the U.S. President; each state receives as many electors as it has congressional representatives and senators combined
Amendment a formal change to a law; usually referring to a formal change to the U.S. Constitution
Federalist a person who supported the U.S. Constitution of 1787 as it was written during the process of ratification
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