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Constitutional Literacy - Final - Vocabulary

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Allegation
A factual claim made in a lawsuit
Articles of Confederation
First Constitution of the USA
Bill of Rights
First 10 amendments of the US Constitution
Channels of Commerce
The roads, rivers, and airways, in which transportation occurs.
Commerce
The trade and transportation of goods
Debt
Total amount of money an entity owes.
Deficit
Difference between the amount of money the government collects and the amount of money the government spends in a given year.
Executive Order
A rule issued by the President that has the force of law.
Indictment
A formal accusation by a grand jury, which marks the beginning of a criminal case.
Original Intent
The meaning of the words and phrases of the Constitution as understood by those who wrote and ratified each phrase.
Precedent
In law, a decision in an earlier case that creates a controlling rule for deciding a later case.
Ratification
Process by which an official body approves and makes official the actions of its representatives.
Republican
A form of government involving elected representatives.
Slander
Defamation in its spoken form.
Libel
Defamation in written or published form