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checks and balances

noun plural

Simple Definition of checks and balances

  • : a system in which the different parts of an organization (such as a government) have powers that affect and control the other parts so that no part can become too powerful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of checks and balances

  1. :  a system that allows each branch of a government to amend or veto acts of another branch so as to prevent any one branch from exerting too much power

1787

First Known Use of checks and balances

1787


Law Dictionary

checks and balances

noun plural checks and bal·anc·es \-ˈba-lən-səz\

Legal Definition of checks and balances

  1. :  the powers (as judicial review, the presidential veto, and the congressional override) conferred on each of the three branches of government by which each restrains the others from exerting too much power — see also separation of powers




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