Jeffersonianism

noun
Jef·​fer·​so·​nian·​ism | \ ˌje-fər-ˈsō-nē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Jeffersonianism (audio) , -nyə- \

Definition of Jeffersonianism

: 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

First Known Use of Jeffersonianism

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Jeffersonianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jeffersonianism. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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