squatter sovereignty


noun U.S. History.

(used contemptuously by its opponents) popular sovereignty(def 2).

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Origin of squatter sovereignty

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55

Words nearby squatter sovereignty

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Example sentences from the Web for squatter sovereignty

  • This was logical, but it made the "squatter-sovereignty" doctrine ridiculous.

    The Middle Period 1817-1858|John William Burgess
  • Here was the germ of "squatter-sovereignty," afterward developed by Mr. Douglas in his Kansas-Nebraska bill.

    The Middle Period 1817-1858|John William Burgess

British Dictionary definitions for squatter sovereignty

squatter sovereignty

noun

a derogatory term for popular sovereignty
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