political question
political question see question 2

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

political question
n.
A question that a court will not decide because it should be decided by another branch of government, such as the legislature.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


political question
A question that a court declines to consider because it more properly belongs before the legislative or executive branch of the federal or state government.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


political question
An issue that the federal courts refuse to decide because it properly belongs to the decision-making authority of elected officials.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


political question
An issue that the federal courts refuse to decide because it properly belongs to the decision-making authority of elected officials.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

political question
n.
   the determination by a court (particularly the Supreme Court) that an issue raised about the conduct of public business is a "political" issue to be determined by the legislature (including Congress) or the executive branch and not by the courts. Since 1960 the U.S. Supreme Court has been willing to look at some questions previously considered "political," such as "one-man-one-vote," as constitutional issues.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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