Constitutional Vocabulary

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Bicameral
legislative body having two chambers or houses
Constitution
document outlining the fundamental principles and structures of government
sovereign
independent power
Ratify
approval of a document or policy
Amend/ Amendment
an addition to a document
Compromise
an agreement between opposing groups
Due Process
Procedures followed when arresting, searching or convicting persons suspected of crimes
Judicial
courts, judges, and the power to review laws and settle disagreements
Federalism
power shared between the states and national government
Individual Rights
personal rights protected under the Bill of Rights: speech, religion, assembly, press, petition
Legislative
power to make or write laws
Confederation
alliance of states united for a common purpose "firm league of friendship"

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