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Definitions of federal

  1. any federal law-enforcement officer Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. of or relating to the central government of a federation; "a federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. national; especially in reference to the government of the United States as distinct from that of its member units; "the Federal Bureau of Investigation"; "federal courts"; "the federal highway program"; "federal property" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the Civil War; "Union soldiers"; "Federal forces"; "a Federal infantryman" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is divided between one central and several regional authorities; "a federal system like that of the United States"; "federal governments often evolved out of confederatons" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations; constituted by a compact between parties, usually governments or their representatives. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Composed of states or districts which retain only a subordinate and limited sovereignty, as the Union of the United States, or the Sonderbund of Switzerland. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Federal Constitution; a Federal officer. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the Federal party. see Federalist. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. See Federalist. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Constitution; a officer. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the party. see Federalist. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Consisting of a union or compact between states, especially those of the United States and Switzerland; pertaining to the government of such a union; as, the federal constitution; supporting the Union in the American Civil War, 1861-65; as, the federal army. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. A supporter of federalism, or a union of states. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Pertaining to or consisting of a treaty or covenant; founded upon mutual agreement. -A FEDERAL union or government is one in which several states, while independent in home affairs, combine for national or general purposes, as in the United States and Switzerland. In American civil war, FEDERAL was the name given to the states of the North which defended the Union against the Confederate separatists of the South. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Pertaining to a league or compact. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Pertaining to a union of states under one general government. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Pertaining to a treaty, league, or covenant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Pertaining to or founded on a league or contract, specially between states; upholding the federation. A federal union, a union of several internally independent states under a common central government in which they are severally represented. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. A supporter of the federal principle in the constitution of the United States; a supporter, as against the South in the late civil war, of the integrity of the federation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. Pert. to a league; consisting in a compact or agreement between nations, or between the several states of a nation, as in Switzerland or America. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. In Amer., one who advocates the strengthening of the central government. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  24. In constitutional law. A term commonly used to express a league or compact between two or more states.In American law. Belonging to the general government or union of the states.Founded on or organized under the constitution or laws of the United States.The tTnited States has been generally styled, in American political and judicialwritings, a "federal government." The term has not been imposed by any specificconstitutional authority. but only expresses the general sense and opinion upon thenature of the form of government. In recent years, there is observable a disposition toemploy the term "national" in speaking of the government of the Union. Neither wordsettles anything as to the nature or powers of the government. "Federal" is somewhatmore appropriate if the government is considered a union of the states; "national" ispreferable if the view is adopted that the state governments and the Union are two distinctsystems, each established by the people directly, one for local and the other for national purposes. See United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U. S. 542, 23 L Ed. 588; Abbott. thelawdictionary.org
  25. Government. This term is commonly used to express a league or compact between two or more states. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  26. In the United States the central government of the Union is federal. The constitution was adopted "to form a more perfect union" among the states, for the purpose of self-protection and for the promotion of their mutual happiness. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  27. fed'[.e]r-al, adj. pertaining to or consisting of a treaty or covenant: confederated, founded upon mutual agreement: of a union or government in which several states, while independent in home affairs, combine for national or general purposes, as in the United States (in the American Civil War, Federal was the name applied to the states of the North which defended the Union against the Confederate separatists of the South).--n. a supporter of federation: a Unionist soldier in the American Civil War.--n. FED'ERACY.--v.t. FED'ERALISE.--ns. FED'ERALISM, the principles or cause maintained by federalists; FED'ERALIST, a supporter of a federal constitution or union; FED'ERARY (Shak.), a confederate.--adj. FED'ER[=A]TE, united by league: confederated.--n. FEDER[=A]'TION, the act of uniting in league: a federal union.--adj. FED'ER[=A]TIVE, united in league.--FEDERAL (or COVENANT) THEOLOGY, that first worked out by Cocceius (1603-69), based on the idea of two covenants between God and man--of Works and of Grace (see COVENANT). [Fr. fédéral--L. foedus, foederis, a treaty, akin to fid[)e]re, to trust.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  28. (Theol.) based on doctrine of Covenants; (Pol.) of the polity in which several States form a unity but remain independent in internal affairs, concerning this whole& not the separate parts; (United States Hist.) favouring central government, of Northern party in Civil War. Hence federalism (3), federalist (2), nn., federalize (3) v.t., federalization n., federally adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  29. Relating to a league or contract. Complete Dictionary

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