Constitution Terms (ch 5)

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republic

A form of government in which citizens choose their leaders by voting

confederation

An alliance of independent states

constitution

a written plan of government

federalism

a system in which power is divided between the national and state governments

legislative branch

the branch of government that makes the laws (Congress on the national level)

executive branch

the branch of government that carries out the laws (the President and his cabinet, on a national level)

judicial branch

the brach of government that interprets the laws (the Supreme Court on a national level)

checks and balances

each branch of the national government can check the actions of the other two branches. This keeps each branch from abusing its powers.

electoral college

a group of people named by each state legislature to select the president and vice president

ratify

to approve

central/federal/national government

all 3 describe the unifying government in Washington, D.C.

sovereign

the main, controlling power

article

a section of the Constitution

compromise

Agreement between two or more sides in which each side gives up some of what it wants.

amendment

A change in, or addition to, a constitution or law

delegate

A representative to a meeting

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