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american government vocabulary
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any right that exists by virtue of laws considered as derived from nature and as ethically binding in human society
not discriminating; not kept apart or divided
dominance; power; supreme and independent power in government
the principle or the exercise of complete and unrestricted power in
Central, primary, supreme; encompassing or overshadowing everything
autocracy, dictatorship, totalitarianism; a state ruled by an oppressive or absolute ruler
overbearing power or control; power gained by force
pertaining to or characterized by the principle of political or social
equality for all democratic treatment
fundamental rights, especially those believed to belong to an individual and in whose exercise in government may not interfere, as the rights to speak and etc.
neutral, fair, unbiased:
governmental, administrative, civil
long standing; traditional; customary
glowing, shining, bright
national, public, government
not political; of no political significance not involved or interested in politics
not social; not gregarious; inconsiderate of others
not regulated by law
A form of government in which the powers of all provincial and
local governments are specified by a single national government.
A form of government whose head of state is not a monarch.
A form of government in which the people elect
representatives to make political decisions for them.
A system of government having the real executive power
vested in a cabinet composed of members of the legislature who are individually and collectively responsible to the legislature.
A small group of people having control of a country, organization or institution.
The lawmaking body of a government.
An organization that makes laws and keeps order.
Defined by the existence of a constitution - which may be
a legal instrument or merely a set or fixed norms or principles generally accepted as the fundamental of the polity-that effectively controls the exercise of political power.
Type of a government with central and regional authorities.
acceptability, correctness, sincerity
The division of government that enforces the law and administers its
A nation's ruler usually by hereditary right.
A system of government by one person with absolute power.
A type of government where one person is in charge of the country's government.
Distribution of Power
Distribution of power in government is based on documents and
laws that specify structure combined with contemporary values and beliefs.
A legally recognized subject or national of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized.
A form of government in which all citizens participate in the political
A form of government in which sovereign states delegate power to a centralized government. The central government is weaker than the states, and states can choose to follow the lead of the central government or not. The powers of the central government are typically limited to defense and foreign commerce.
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