Definition of States' rights

1. Noun. A doctrine that federal powers should be curtailed and returned to the individual states.

Generic synonyms: Doctrine, Ism, Philosophical System, Philosophy, School Of Thought
Specialized synonyms: Nullification



2. Noun. The rights conceded to the states by the United States constitution.
Generic synonyms: Right
Language type: Plural, Plural Form

Definition of States' rights

1. Noun. (US politics) The belief that each of the 50 U.S. states has reserved powers, the sovereign right to determine policies on some issues. ¹

2. Noun. (US politics) A catch phrase used by some in the Civil Rights Era as an excuse to keep the federal government from granting rights to black people by claiming such things were not federal issues. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Literary usage of States' rights

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Constitutional Law of the United States by Westel Woodbury Willoughby (1910)
"Strict Construction a Corollary of the States' Rights Doc- / trine. Without in any way questioning the validity of the rule of construction stated in the ..."

2. The Military Policy of the United States by Emory Upton (1912)
"INFLUENCE OF STATES RIGHTS ON OUR MILITARY LEGISLATION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE REBELLION. Allusion has already been made to Mr. Chase's refusal to prosecute ..."

3. The Treaty Making Power of the United States by Charles Henry Butler (1902)
"Independence, preservation of States' rights, National unity—all united in original and subsequent governments of United States. ..."

4. The Treaty Making Power of the United States by Charles Henry Butler (1902)
"Independence, preservation of States' rights, National unity—all united in original and subsequent governments of United States. ..."

5. The History of North America by Guy Carleton Lee, Francis Newton Thorpe (1904)
"The Nationalists looked upon the State simply as a local division, while the States Rights men exalted it above the central government. ..."

6. The Control of American Foreign Relations by Quincy Wright (1922)
"LIMITATIONS UPON NATIONAL POWERS : PRIVATE RIGHTS AND STATES' RIGHTS. A. Private Rights. 44. Nature of Prohibitions. Restriction upon the exercise of power ..."

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