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Constitution Vocabulary

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Preamble
Introduction to Constitution; states the purpose
Article
Part or section of Constitution
Amendment
A change in Constitution
Indicted
to be formally accused
Double Jeopardy
once accused of a crime and judged, can't be put on trial again for the same crime
Due Process of Law
Procedures established by law and guaranteed by the Constitution
Eminent Domain
The right of government to take private property for public use
Federalism
A system of government in which the power of government is shared
Popular sovereignty
the idea that people hold the ruling power
Representative Democracy
People elect leaders or officials to make desicions
Direct Domacracy
Decision making by all the people
Electoral College
Representatives of voters in each state that elect the President and Vice President
Tryanny
Cruel and unjust rule
Veto
Reject a bill
Override
To defeat
Elastic Clause
Gives congress the right to make all laws necessary to carry out the government
Judicial review
Review government acts and possibly declare the law unconstitutional
Precedent
A model to be used as a guide for future acts
Bureaucracy
Organization of government workers
Diplomacy
Relations with foreign countries
Constituents
Voters who elect public officials to represent them
Bill
Proposed laws
Standing committee
Permanent committee that specialize in different areas
Impeach
Bring formal charges against members of government
Appeal
Ask the next highest court to review the case
Duty
Something your are required to do by law
Responsibility
Something that you should do but is not required by law
Cabinet
A panel of advisors
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