Vocab 15

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  1. TERRORISM:
    the use of violence to intimidate a government or society.
  2. THREE-FIFTHS COMPROMISEZ:
    an agreement at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 to count a slave as 3/5th of a person when determining the population in a slave state.
  3. TREASON:
    betrayal of one's country.
  4. TREATY:
    formal agreement between two or more sovereign countries.
  5. TRUST:
    a device by which several corporations in the same business work to eliminate competition and regulate prices.
  6. TRUSTEE:
    Lawmaker who votes based on his or her own conscience and judgment and not the views of his/her constituents.
  7. UNICAMERAL:
    one's house legislature
  8. UN SECURITY COUNCIL:
    15 member panel which bears the UNs major responsibility for keeping international peace.
  9. VETO:
    chief executive's power to reject a bill passed by a legislature.
  10. WARRANT:
    a court order authorizing, or making legal, some official action such as a search warrant or an arrest warrant,
  11. WELFARE:
    cash-assistance to the poor
  12. WHIPS:
    assistants to the floor leaders in the House and the Senate who monitor and marshal votes.
  13. WINNER-TAKE-ALL:
    an almost obsolete system whereby a presidential aspirant who won the preference vote in a primary automatically won all the electoral votes of that state.
  14. WRIT OF CERTIORARI:
    an order by a higher court directing a lower court to send up the record in a given case for review.
  15. WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS:
    court order which prevents unjust arrests and imprisonments.
  16. ZONING:
    the practice of dividing a city into a number of districts and regulating the uses to which property in each of them may be put. (730)

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