Jeffersonian

adjective Jef·fer·so·nian \ ˌje-fər-ˈsō-nē-ən , -nyən \

Definition of Jeffersonian

: of, relating to, or associated with Thomas Jefferson
  • … in an essay on Jefferson and Jeffersonian science, Holton exposes a fresh facet of this remarkable personality: Jefferson formulated the nation's first science policy.
  • —Daniel Kleppner
especially : of, relating to, or consistent with the political principles and ideas held by or associated with Thomas Jefferson : consistent with or characterized by Jeffersonianism
  • Jeffersonian democracy
  • Jeffersonian principles
  • Fundamentally, they sought to foster the Jeffersonian concept of an agrarian society, harkening back to the belief that a strong central government was the enemy of individual liberty, a tyranny to be feared.
  • —Mary Beth Norton et al.

Jeffersonian

noun, plural Jeffersonians
    • Rhetorically he was a Jeffersonian; actually he was a Hamiltonian, asserting implied powers sufficient for his "American System."
    • —George F. Will

First Known Use of jeffersonian

1800

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