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constitution
plan of government
exectutive branch
branch of government that executes the law
judicial branch
branch of government that interprets the laws
legislative branch
branch of government that passes the laws
republic
government run by the people through elected representatives
specie
gold or silver coin
amend
to revise or change
checks and balances
system in which each branch of government has the power to check and balance the other branches
federal
form of government in which power is shared between the states and the national government
separation of powers
principle that the legislative, executive, and judicial branches would all have distinct areas of authority
Three fifths compromise
agreement to count three fifths of a state's enslaved population when determining representation
veto
to stop from becoming law
Antifederalist
opponent of the Constitution who wanted a weak central government
Bill of Rights
first ten amendments to the Constitution
faction
special interest group
Federalists
supporter of the Constitution who favored a strong central government
ratify
approve
administration
term of office
Cabinet
the heads of the major departments in the executive branch
domestic affairs
internal matters of a country
inauguration
official swearing in ceremony
precedent
act that becomes a rule or tradition