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squatter sovereignty

noun, U.S. History.
(used contemptuously by its opponents) popular sovereignty (def 2).
Origin of squatter sovereignty
1850-55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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

a derogatory term for popular sovereignty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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