separation of powers


separation of powers
: the allocation of executive, legislative, and judicial powers to branches of government independent of each other

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the principle or system of vesting in separate branches the executive, legislative, and judicial powers of a government.

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an act of vesting the legislative, executive, and judicial powers of government in separate bodies

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the ˌseparation of ˈpowers 7 [separation of powers] noun singular
the principle of the US Constitution that the political power of the government is divided between the President, Congress and the Supreme Court
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The three ‘branches’ or divisions of government are the executive branch under the ↑President, the legislative branch (i.e. Congress) and the judicial branch (i.e. the ↑Supreme Court). The arrangement is intended to make sure that no one branch has too much power, and this is achieved by a system of ↑checks and balances.

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