popular sovereignty
noun Date: 1848 1. a doctrine in political theory that government is created by and subject to the will of the people 2. a pre-Civil War doctrine asserting the right of the people living in a newly organized territory to decide by vote of their territorial legislature whether or not slavery would be permitted there

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