states' rights

Definition of "states' rights"
  1. These are the rights and authorities for the states that are not specifically banned by the U.S. Constitution or granted to the federal government
How to use "states' rights" in a sentence
  1. A matter such as education typically falls under states' rights, allowing each state to establish its own educational policies.
  2. The issue of states' rights is often debated in discussions about healthcare reform, as some believe such matters should be left to individual states to decide.
  3. The controversy over gun control stemmed from different interpretations of states' rights regarding regulation.

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