Origin of states' rights
British Dictionary definitions for states' rights
pl n (often capitals) (in the US)
Derived Formsstates righter, noun
Culture definitions for states' rights
Rights guaranteed to the states under the principle of federalism. Under the Constitution, states have considerable autonomy to pass, enforce, and interpret their own laws and to pursue their own public policy programs. Proponents of states' rights argue that the states should be governed with a minimum of interference from the federal government.