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


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

Examples from the Web for jeffersonianism

  • He, as a Federalist, had opposed Jefferson and Jeffersonianism.

    Sustained honor|John R. Musick,

Word Origin and History for jeffersonianism


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