checks and balances


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checks and balances

pl n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government chiefly US competition and mutual restraint among the various branches of government
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checks′ and bal′ances


n.pl.
limits imposed on all branches of a government by vesting in each branch the right to amend or void those acts of another that fall within its purview.
[1780–90]
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