separation of church and state

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Definition of separation of church and state 

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

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: 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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