Jeffersonianism


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Jef·fer·so·ni·an

 (jĕf′ər-sō′nē-ən)
adj.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of Thomas Jefferson or his political attitudes and theories.
n.
A follower of Thomas Jefferson or a proponent of his politics.

Jef′fer·so′ni·an·ism n.

Jeffersonianism

the political theories, doctrines, or policies of Thomas Jefferson, especially rigid interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, belief in an agrarian economy, states’ rights, and in the political acumen of the ordinary citizen. — Jeffersonian, adj.
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