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separation of powers

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  • n. A theoretical model for governance, common in democratic states, which features the division of sovereign power into at least three (but sometimes up to six) organs of state in order to forestall tyranny, by preventing the acquisition of a monopoly of power by a monarch or oligarchy; also, such an arrangement.

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Coined by the French Age of Enlightenment philosopher Montesquieu (1689–1755).

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