Jeffersonian

[ jef-er-soh-nee-uh n ]
/ ˌdʒɛf ərˈsoʊ ni ən /

adjective

pertaining to or advocating the political principles and doctrines of Thomas Jefferson, especially those stressing minimum control by the central government, the inalienable rights of the individual, and the superiority of an agrarian economy and rural society.

noun

a supporter of Thomas Jefferson or Jeffersonianism.

Origin of Jeffersonian

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800; Jefferson + -ian

Related forms

Jef·fer·so·ni·an·ism, nounpro-Jef·fer·so·ni·an, adjective
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