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

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Recent Examples on the Web This Jeffersonianism on steroids was a last stand against industrial production as the core of the U.S. economy—and against the rise of cities as the center of American life. William A. Galston, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Jeffersonianism was in 1837

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“Jeffersonianism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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