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Republic

A government in which citizens rule themselves through elected representatives

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Dictatorship

A government in which one person or a small group holds complete authority

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Habeas Corpus

No person may be held in prison without being charged with a specific crime

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Private property

Property owned by an individual

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Separation of powers

The idea that powers of government must be clearly defined and divided into legislative, executive, and judicial branches

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Popular sovereignty

Asserts that the people are the primary source of the governments authority

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Limited government

The government has only the powers that the constitution gives it

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Checks and balances

Each branch of government has the power to check or limit the actions of the other two

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Federalism

Division of powers between federal government and the states

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Bill

Proposal for a new law

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Override

Pass a law despite a presidential veto

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Appeal

Ask that a decision be reviewed by a higher court

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Jurisdiction

The power to hear and decide cases

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Unconstitutional

Not allowed under the constitution

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Amending

Changing the constitution

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Ratifying

Approving

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Dissent

Disagreement

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Censorship

The power to review change or prevent the publication of news

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Libel

The publication of false or malicious information that damages a persons reputation

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Citizen

Someone who is entitled to all the rights and privileges of a particular nation

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Naturalization

The official legal process of becoming a citizen

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Interest group

An organization that represents the concerns of a particular group

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Veto

Reject

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Repealed

Canceled