separation of church and state

Definition of separation of church and state

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : a point, line, or means of division

  3. : an intervening space : gap

church play
  1. : a building for public and especially Christian worship

  2. : the clergy or officialdom of a religious body

  3. : a body or organization of religious believers: such as

  1. : of or relating to a church

  2. : of or relating to the established church

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

state play
  1. : mode or condition of being

  2. : condition of mind or temperament

  3. : a condition of abnormal tension or excitement

  1. : to set by regulation or authority

  2. : to express the particulars of especially in words : report


Law Dictionary

separation of church and state

legal Definition of separation of church and state

: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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