Definition of states' rights in English:

states' rights

Syllabification: states' rights

noun

  • The rights and powers held by individual US states rather than by the federal government.
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    • The moderates (there are no liberals) upheld federal power over states' rights which is consistent with their position.
    • No one expects Roberts' views on states' rights vs. federal powers to derail his candidacy.
    • This reminds me of the issues surrounding the Civil War, like states' rights and the role of the federal government.

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