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separation of powers

Definition of separation of powers in English:

An act of vesting the legislative, executive, and judicial powers of government in separate bodies.
Example sentences
  • The constitutionality of the legislation is suspect and potentially breaches the separation of powers.
  • The Australian Constitution, with its more rigorous separation of powers, prevents our common law changing in the same direction.
  • It actually gave rise to and provided justification for the principle of separation of powers in the establishment of our republic.
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