states' rights
states' rights n pl
1: rights and powers not forbidden to the states nor vested in the federal government by the U.S. Constitution
2 sing in constr: a doctrine based on states' rights that has been used to justify state resistance to federal authority in matters seen as the exclusive concern of the states and that is most often associated with the states favoring slavery and secession in the 19th century compare federalism

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

states' rights
A doctrine and strategy in which the rights of the individual states are protected by the U.S. Constitution from interference by the federal government.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


states' rights
A doctrine and strategy in which the rights of the individual states are protected by the U.S. Constitution from interference by the federal government.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • states’ rights — n [pl] (in the US) the rights held by individual states under the 10th Amendment to the American Constitution. These include the right to have their own criminal laws, laws regarding commerce and taxes, and laws on education, health and social… …   Universalium

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