[jef-er-soh-nee-uh n]


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.


a supporter of Thomas Jefferson or Jeffersonianism.

Origin of Jeffersonian

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800; Jefferson + -ian
Related formsJef·fer·so·ni·an·ism, nounpro-Jef·fer·so·ni·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of jeffersonian

Historical Examples of jeffersonian

  • Jeffersonian simplicity is preached; extravagance is practised.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • It is to it that the Jeffersonian doctrines about the "wisdom" of the people would apply.


    William Graham Sumner

  • It was, however, this up-country which had been the mainstay of the Jeffersonian party.

    Expansion and Conflict

    William E. Dodd

  • Morton, like Granger, was a Republican and a devoted Jeffersonian.

  • One of these, the Jeffersonian, was published weekly, at Albany.

    Men of Our Times

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

Word Origin and History for jeffersonian


1799 (n.), 1800 (adj.), in reference to the politics and policies of U.S. revolutionary and president Thomas Jefferson.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper