Definition of checks and balances noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    checks and balances

    BrE BrE//ˌtʃeks ən ˈbælənsɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌtʃeks ən ˈbælənsɪz//
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  1. 1influences in an organization or political system which help to keep it fair and stop a small group from keeping all the power
  2. 2(in the US) the principle of government by which the President, Congress and the Supreme Court each have some control over the others Wordfindercabinet, checks and balances, constitution, federal, government, minister, the Opposition, parliament, politics, system compare separation of powers
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