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Civics Dictionary 3

chapter 5
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Bi-cameral
Two house, as in a legislature with two houses
Veto
To reject, as in to reject a bill
Delegated Powers
The powers given to Congress rather than to the states
Amendment
Changes to the constitution
Federalism
The division of power between the states and the federal, or national government
Concurrent Powers
The powers shared by the federal and state governments
Reserved Powers
Those powers that the Constitution neither gives to Congress nor denies to the states
Checks and Balances
The system that gives each of the three branches of government ways to limit the powers of the other two
Impeach
To accuse the President or other high government official of serious wrongdoing
Elastic Clause
Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution known also as the "necessary and proper" clause that allows Congress to extend its delegated powers
Preamble
The beginning of the U.S. Constitution, which describes its purposes
Popular Sovereignty
Government by consent of the governed
Anti-Federalist
An opponent of the Constitution who urged its rejection in 1787
Law
A rule of conduct enforced by government
Majority Rule
A system in which the decision of more than half the people is accepted by all
Limited Government
A system in which government powers are carefully spelled out to prevent government from becoming too powerful
Democracy
A from of government in which the people of a nation either rule directly or through elected representatives
Judicial Branch
The branch of government that interprets the laws and punishes lawbreakers
Executive Branch
The branch of government that carries out the laws
Federalist
A supporter of the Constitution who urged its adoption in 1787
Repeal
To cancel or revoke