from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. All rights not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution nor denied by it to the states.
- n.pl. The political position advocating strict interpretation of the Constitution with regard to the limitation of federal powers and the extension of the autonomy of the individual state to the greatest possible degree.
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- n. The belief that each of the 50 U.S. states has reserved powers, the sovereign right to determine policies on some issues.
- n. A catch phrase used by some in the Civil Rights Era as an excuse to keep the federal government from granting rights to black people by claiming such things were not federal issues.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the rights conceded to the states by the United States constitution
- n. a doctrine that federal powers should be curtailed and returned to the individual states
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Points of controversyPerry is a staunch advocate of states' rights and of a limited role for the federal government, views he laid out in his 2010 book, Fed Up!