antifederalist

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an·ti·fed·er·al·ist

also An·ti·fed·er·al·ist  (ăn′tē-fĕd′ər-ə-lĭst, -fĕd′rə-lĭst, ăn′tī-)
n.
An opponent of the ratification of the US Constitution.

an′ti·fed′er·al·ist adj.
an′ti·fed′er·al·ism n.
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Antifederalist

(ˌæntɪˈfɛdərəlɪst; -ˈfɛdrə-)
n
1. (Historical Terms) history US a person who opposed the ratification of the Constitution in 1789 and thereafter allied with Thomas Jefferson's Antifederal Party, which opposed extension of the powers of the federal Government
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) history US a person who opposed the ratification of the Constitution in 1789 and thereafter allied with Thomas Jefferson's Antifederal Party, which opposed extension of the powers of the federal Government
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (often not capital) any person who opposes federalism
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An•ti•fed•er•al•ist

(ˌæn tiˈfɛd ər ə lɪst, -ˈfɛd rə-, ˌæn taɪ-)

n.
1. a member of a group that before 1789 opposed the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and after that favored its strict construction.
2. (l.c.) an opponent of federalism.
[1780–90; Amer.]
An`ti•fed′er•al•ism, n.
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Symptomatic of this problem is Fliegelman's failure to distinguish between federalists and antifederalists. When, for example, Fliegelman claims that the American ideal of representation called for the construction of a legislature that would be a mirror image of the people, he quotes George Mason's critique of the Constitution of 1787 as if it were a description of the theory that governed the Constitution's design.
Antifederalists worried that debtors would be treated unfairly as a
Antifederalists, who were the principal proponents of the Bill, believed
Those who resisted centralization (Althusius, Hume, Goethe, Tocqueville, Burckhardt, Proudhon, the Antifederalists, Jefferson, Calhoun, Acton) will appear in a different light.
Martin was, in other words, an Antifederalist. And while there are Antifederalists who get decent press--Patrick Henry, for example, who warned that "the republic may be lost forever" if the Constitution were ratified--the good things you hear about them rarely relate to their defense of the Articles of Confederation.
(317) Other Antifederalists taking the same tack included John Winthrop of Massachusetts, (318) DeWitt Clinton of New York, (319) and an anonymous "Farmer" in Pennsylvania.
ROBERT ALLEN RUTLAND, THE ORDEAL OF THE CONSTITUTION: THE ANTIFEDERALISTS AND THE RATIFICATION STRUGGLE OF 1787-1788, at 275 (1983) (1966)
Ratifying the Republic: Antifederalists and Federalists in Constitutional Time.
Because the Antifederalists thought such shared interest was essential to the representational process in government, they insisted that any legislative body be a "miniature" or "exact portrait" of the people as a whole.
For example, the Pennsylvania and Maryland debates were recorded by ardent Federalist Thomas Lloyd, who was paid by the Federalists to delete all of the Antifederalists' speeches.
outwardly agreed with Antifederalists on the need for federal power to