Missouri Compromise: Meaning and Definition of

Missour'i Com'promise

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  1. an act of Congress (1820) by which Missouri was admitted as a slave state, Maine as a free state, and slavery was prohibited in the Louisiana Purchase north of latitude 36°30&minsym;N, except for Missouri. Cf.
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