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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

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


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