separation of powers
- A constitutional principle according to which the powers of creating laws, executing laws, and interpreting laws are divided among three different branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial
- The separation of powers is intended to prevent any branch of government from becoming too powerful.
- Due to separation of powers, each branch of government holds unique responsibilities to keep the others in check.
- The concept of separation of powers is key to the structure of the United States government, ensuring that no one branch holds all the authority.