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checks and balances

checks and balances

noun plural

: 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

Full Definition of CHECKS AND BALANCES

:  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

First Known Use of CHECKS AND BALANCES

1787

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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