Jeffersonianism

noun
Jef·​fer·​so·​nian·​ism | \ˌje-fər-ˈsō-nē-ə-ˌni-zəm, -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

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Jeffersonian \ˌje-​fər-​ˈsō-​nē-​ən, -​nyən \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of Jeffersonianism

1837, in the meaning defined above

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