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king or queen
Monarch
Magna Carta
any fundamental constitution or law guaranteeing rights and liberties
Delegate
a representative to a meeting
Bicameral
a legislature consisting of two parts or houses
Amend-
to change
Boycott
the refusal to purchase certain goods
Compact
an agreement, or contract, among a group of people
Common law
a system of laws based on precedent and customs
Colony
a group of people in one place who are ruled by a parent country elsewhere
Confederation
a group of individual or state government
Charter
written document granting land and the authority to set up colonial government; or a government document granting permission to organize a corporation
Constitution
detailed, written plan for government
Legislation
a group of people that makes laws
Parliament
the British legislature
Precedent
a ruling, that is used as the basis for a judicial decision in a later, similar case
Mercantilism
the theory that a country should sell more good to other countries than it buys
Ratify
To vote approval
Independence
self-reliance and freedom from outside control
Repeal-
to cancel law
Amendment
any change in the constitution
Anti-federalism
those who opposed ratification of the constitution
Bill of rights
the first 10 amendments to the constitution
Constitution convention
meeting of state delegates in 1787 leading to adoption of new constitution electoral branch
Electoral college
-a group of people named by each state legislature to select the present and vice president
Executive
the branch of government that carries out laws
Federalism
a form of government in which powers is divided between the federal, or national, government and state
Federalists
supporters of the constitution
Great compromise
agreement providing a dual system of congressional representation
Judicial branch
the branch of government that interprets laws
Preamble
the opening section of the constitution