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territory
an area of land under the rule of government
ratified
approved or said OK
compromise
an agreement in which each side of an argument gives up something it wants in order to end a dispute
legislative branch
Congress, the group that makes the laws, both the Senate and the House of Representatives together
republic
a government in which citizens elect leaders to represent them
checks and balances
a system of separating the powers of government to halt the power of the other branches
federal system
government in which power is shared between a nation and its smaller parts, the states
executive branch
the branch headed by the President responsible for carrying out the laws
judicial branch
the Supreme Court, the group responsible for settling disputes
cabinet
a group of advisors to the President
inauguration
a swearing in of a President
amendments
changes made to the Constitution
precedent
a model, the first example of something
constitution
a written plan of how a goverment will work
political party
a group of people with similar goals who work together to gain power in government
democracy
a government in which people make political decisions by voting and the majority rules
convention
a meeting of people who share a common purpose