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Vocabulary

New Nation

amendment
a

change to a document such as a


legislative bill or contract

bill
a

proposed law to be considered by a


legislative body

Cabinet
an

official group of advisors to the


head of a government

capital
the

city where the central


government of a nation or state is
located

citizen
a

person belonging by birth or


naturalization to a nation

compromise
a

settlement of differences by partial


concession of demands by each
party

Constitution
the

set of basic laws and principles


by which a nation, state, or other
organization is governed

convention
a

formal meeting or assembly called


together to discuss or pursue
common interests

delegates
to

appoint or send as an agent or


representative

democracy
a

form of government in which


power ultimately rests with the
people, either directly or through
elected representatives

federal
a

system of government in which


states are united under a central
government, yet have their own
governments as well

inauguration
to

install in office with a formal


ceremony

interest
curiosity

about, involvement in, or


concern about something

law
the

set of customs, statutes, or rules


that govern a society

Popular sovereignty
a

state is subject to the will of the


people who live in that state

ratify
to

validate, confirm, or establish


(something) by giving formal
approval or consent

rebellion
an

uprising or armed resistance


against established authority or a
government

representatives
one

that represents others or


another

republic
a

state or nation where supreme


political power is exercised by
elected representatives acting in the
name of the people

territory
an

area or region of land

unconstitutional
not

allowed or authorized by, or not


in accord with, the constitution of a
state or nation

veto
a

vote against or rejection of a bill


that prevents it from becoming a law