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Constitutional Convention Group 3

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amendments
a change in; or addtion to, a constitution or law.
Anti-Federalist
those persons who opposed ratification of the constitution
Bill of Rights
the first 10 amendments to the Constitution
Check and balances
system of overlapping the powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches to permit each branch to check the actions of the others
Electors
member of the Electoral College; a person who may elect the president and vice president of the u.s.
Executive Branch
carries out the law
Federal
Pertaining to or of a union of states under a central government distinct from the individual governments of the separate states.
Federalism
a system of government in which a written constitution divides power between a central, or national, government and several regional governments
Federalist
those persons who supported the ratification of the constitution in 1787-1788.
Federalist Papers
a series of essays explaining and defending a constitutional form orf governmet; written anonymously defending a constitutional form of government.
Judicial Branch
interprets the law
judicial review
the power of a court to determine the constitutionality of a governmental action.
President
the highest executive officer of the United States.
Override
to prevail or have dominance over; to have final authority or say over.
Natural born citizen
a person who was born in the United States, making them a citizen.
ratify
to formally approve the effectiveness of a constitution, constitutional amendment, or treaty.
separation of powers
basic principle of Amerian system of government that the executive, legislative, and judicial powers are divided among three independent and coequal branches of government
(declare) unconstitutional
to declare that sojmeting is contrary to a constitutional provision and so illegal, null, and void of no force and effect.
Vice President
the officer next in ranklo to the president who serves as president in the president's absence or if the president dies.
Veto
chief executive's (president's) power to reject a bill passed by a legislature.