Definition of states' rights in English:

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states' rights

Pronunciation: /steɪtsˈrʌɪts/

plural noun

(In the US) the rights and powers held by individual states rather than by the federal government: they took up arms to defend liberty and states' rights
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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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