separation of church and state

Definition of separation of church and state

  1. :  the act or state of keeping government and religion separate from each other

Word by Word Definitions

separationplay
  1. :  the act or process of separating :  the state of being separated

    :  a point, line, or means of division

    :  an intervening space :  gap

churchplay
  1. :  a building for public and especially Christian worship

    :  the clergy or officialdom of a religious body

    :  a body or organization of religious believers: such as

  1. :  of or relating to a church

    :  of or relating to the established church

  1. :  to bring to church to receive one of its rites

stateplay
  1. :  mode or condition of being

    :  condition of mind or temperament

    :  a condition of abnormal tension or excitement

  1. :  to set by regulation or authority

    :  to express the particulars of especially in words :  report

    :  to express in words


Law Dictionary

separation of church and state

  1. :  the separation of religion and government mandated under the establishment clause and the free exercise clause of the U.S. Constitution that forbids governmental establishment or preference of a religion and that preserves religious freedom from governmental intrusion


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