Checks and Balances

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Definition of 'Checks and Balances'

Checks and balances are a system of checks and balances that are designed to prevent any one branch of government from becoming too powerful. The system is based on the idea that each branch of government should have the power to limit the power of the other branches. For example, the legislative branch can pass laws, but the executive branch can veto those laws. The judicial branch can interpret the laws, but the legislative branch can pass new laws to change the interpretation. This system of checks and balances helps to ensure that no one branch of government can become too powerful and that all branches of government are accountable to each other.

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