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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One of 22 members of a merely consultative committee, he has seen fit to ask President Duterte to consider firing two Cabinet secretaries for their antifederalism statements.
It also accused the government of moving on the path of antifederalism by weakening the provinces.
(132.) See Crane, Antitrust Antifederalism, supra note 128, at 2, 8-12.
Thus, although the author hints that Federalists were more aristocratic than their Antifederalist rivals and that Antifederalism was predominantly a rural phenomenon, his knowledge of the exceptions to these generalizations leads him ultimately to conclude that standard interpretative frameworks for explaining divisions over the Constitution--coastal regions versus backcountry, commerce versus agriculture, creditors versus debtors, aristocrats versus democrats, and cosmopolitans versus localists--are not up to the task.
A generation earlier, this debate seemed unimaginable, as a broad consensus supported the antifederalism interpretation of Missouri v.
Bringing this insight to bear on doctrine requires a prediction as to whether, either in the case of a specific bill or across the spectrum of legislation, profederalism and antifederalism biases are likely to offset each other.
The strength of his political convictions owed more to his uncompromising antifederalism than to any positive adoption of Jeffersonian principles." (265) Innes's opinion therefore not only reaffirms the Founding generation's views about the constitutionality of commandeering; it also further debunks the notion that any disputes over that power would have split along modern ideological lines, with Anti-Federalists opposed to "greater" federal power.
For Edwardson, federal bureaucrats have come to occupy a dominant position in the national-cultural field, especially since Trudeau's interest in mobilizing culture against antifederalism forces.
intrigue antifederalism and artifice go hand in hand." (93)
At the same time he recognized that antifederalism was by no means a spent political force but would continue to pose a formidable challenge to his own understanding of the constitutional settlement of 1788.
(455.) GUNTHER & SULLIVAN, supra note 236, at 224 (declaring that Lopez and New York "can best be seen as part of an antifederalism revival" of the 1990s).
If this harking back to the Founding Fathers yields occasional irony (wouldn't those early colonists be directly responsible for the Indians' loss of land?), for the most part UCE has effectively adapted the legacies of antifederalism and property rights to its modern-day political struggle.