Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 9:07 AM
Site: Minnesota Literacy Council
Course: Study for the U.S. Citizenship Test (Citizenship Study)
Glossary: New Vocabulary
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candidate

a person who is competing to be elected to a government office.

Example:  There are two major candidates for President:  Barack Obama and John McCain.

colonist

a person who goes to live in a colony.

Example:  Many colonists came to America for religious freedom.

colony

a country or region that is controlled by a more powerful, and often far away, country.

Example:  Virginia was the first British colony in America.

Constitution

The supreme (or highest) law of the land.  The Constitution sets up the government of the United States and protects the basic rights of the American people.

convention

a large formal meeting of people.

Example:  The Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul in September, 2008.

current

at the present time (now), or the most recent.

Example:  The current Governor of Minnesota is Tim Pawlenty.  (He is Governor now.)