Jef·​fer·​so·​nian·​ism ˌje-fər-ˈsō-nē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Jeffersonianism (audio)
: the political principles and ideas held by or associated with Thomas Jefferson that center around a belief in states' rights, a strict interpretation of the federal constitution, confidence in the political capacity or wisdom of common people (see common entry 1 sense 4b), and an agrarian as opposed to an industrial or commercial economy compare hamiltonianism

Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jeffersonianism was in 1837

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“Jeffersonianism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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