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Glossary of TOG Yr2 Wk35

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ratify
to give legal or official approval to
debate
the discussion of a motion before a legislature
compromise
a settlement of a dispute by each party giving up some demands
ordinance
a law or regulation especially of a city or town
central government
the government of the nation
Constitution
the United State's written document that sets forth the nation's laws, establishes the form of government, and defines the rights and liberties of the American people
territory
a geographical area belonging to or under the control of a government
provisional
serving for the time being
House
one of the two law-making bodies of the United States Congress
Senate
one of the two law-making bodies of the United States Congress
Executive branch
one of the three branches of government responsible for enforcing laws of the nation
Judicial branch
one of the three branches of government responsible for interpreting laws of the nation
Legislative branch
one of the three branches of government responsible for creating laws of the nation
delegate
a representative chosen by a group to speak or act in its interests
representative
a person appointed or elected to act or speak for others
convention
a meeting arranged for some particular purpose
federal
having to do with the central government, not of any state alone
minutes (keeping the)
a written summary of what happened, kept by the secretary
transcript
an official copy
separation of powers
the division of government into branches
checks and balances
limitations on the power of any branch of government, with each branch having some control over the actions of the others
expressed powers
powers given to the national government that are listed in the Constitution (also called delegated powers)
veto
the power to prevent a bill from becoming law
override
to take power away from
enumerated powers
Constitutional list of the federal government's powers

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