: of or relating to a major American political party of the early 19th century favoring a strict interpretation of the Constitution to restrict the powers of the federal government and emphasizing states' rights

Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Democratic-Republican was in 1818

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“Democratic-Republican.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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: of or relating to an early 19th century American political party preferring strict interpretation of the constitution and emphasizing states' rights
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