Jef·​fer·​so·​nian | \ ˌje-fər-ˈsō-nē-ən How to pronounce Jeffersonian (audio) , -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.

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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

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Jeffersonian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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