Definition of checks and balances noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    checks and balances

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  1. 1 the principle of government by which the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court each have some control over the others compare separation of powers
  2. 2influences in an organization or political system that help to keep it fair and stop a small group from keeping all the power
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