Definition of Articles of Confederation in US English:

Articles of Confederation

plural noun

  • The original constitution of the US, ratified in 1781, which was replaced by the US Constitution in 1789.

    • ‘The predecessor to the United State Constitution were the Articles of Confederation, which was adopted by the thirteen colonies in the 1781.’
    • ‘Defense from foreign aggression is one of the most important reasons the Framers met to mend the Articles of Confederation and form the Constitution.’
    • ‘The Articles of Confederation, the first form of federal government created by the American colonies that had declared their independence from England, were drafted in 1776 and adopted in 1777.’
    • ‘The first government of the United States ruled under the Articles of Confederation, which was ratified in 1781.’
    • ‘On the first day of Constitutional Law, I have my students read it aloud, complaint by complaint, to get a sense for the document that laid the theoretical groundwork for the Articles of Confederation and then the Constitution.’
    • ‘When the Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation, the centrifugal forces that rendered the nascent United States unable to meet its basic obligations were reined in.’
    • ‘It took the United States an awful long time to move from the Articles of Confederation to a Constitution.’
    • ‘The Federalists and Anti-Federalists argued about whether the national government should have the power to tax - under the Articles of Confederation, it did not.’
    • ‘Just because they were wrong about the need to change the Articles of Confederation and create a strong federal government, doesn't mean that they were wrong about everything.’
    • ‘This was an impetus behind abandoning the original Articles of Confederation and drafting the Constitution in 1787.’
    • ‘The immediate predecessor to the Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, purported to establish a ‘perpetual Union.’’
    • ‘As Americans declared their independence they simultaneously wrote new state constitutions and drafted and adopted a federal constitution - the Articles of Confederation.’
    • ‘The first national constitution, the Articles of Confederation, also concentrated all powers of government in a legislative branch.’
    • ‘I remind some of my friends that it took us a while to go from the Articles of Confederation to the United States Constitution.’
    • ‘First, a primary purpose of the Constitution was prohibit the states from engaging in the type of protectionism and economic warfare the prevailed under the Articles of Confederation.’
    • ‘At the conclusion of the war, and following a turbulent decade under the weak and ineffective Articles of Confederation, the new United States adopted the Constitution and elected George Washington as its first President.’
    • ‘The Continental Congress subsequently laid the groundwork for The Constitution with the Articles of Confederation in 1781.’
    • ‘In the Continental Congress, Madison joined the effort to replace the Articles of Confederation with a new constitutional structure.’
    • ‘The general expectation was that the convention would simply tinker with the Articles of Confederation, not overhaul its basic machinery.’
    • ‘This book encompasses the twelve-year period of time when, the newly formed United States government went from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution of the United States of America.’