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ambassador
a representative from one country to another.
bill
an idea for a new law.
census
a population count.
checks and balances
a system that gives each branch of government different powers so that each branch can check the authority of the others.
compromise
to give up some of what you what in order to reach an agreement.
constitutions
a plan of government.
convention
an important meeting.
debate
to argue opposite sides if an issue.
delegate
a representative.
electoral collage
a group of electors chosen by citizens to vote for the President.
executive branch
the branch of the government that carries out the law.
federal system
a governing system in which the states share authority with the national government.
impeach
to accuse a government official, such as the President, of wrongdoing.
inflation
an economic condition in which it takes more and more money to buy the same goods.
judicial branch
the branch of government that settles differences about the meaning of the laws.
justice
a judge who serves on the Supreme Court.
legislative branch
the branch of government that makes the laws.
majority
the greater part of a whole.
ordinance
a law or set of laws.
override
to cancel.
Preamble
the introduction to the constitution.
republic
a form of government in which people elect representatives to run a country.
seperation of powers
the division of the national government into three branches instead of having one all-powerful government.
territory
land that belongs to a national government but is not a state.
township
a square of a land in the Northwest Territory that measured 6 miles per side.
unconstitutional
going against the constitution.
Union
The United States of America.
veto
a power the President has to reject a bill passed by congress.