federal

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fed·er·al

adjective \ˈfe-d(ə-)rəl\

: of or relating to a form of government in which power is shared between a central government and individual states, provinces, etc.

: of or relating to the central government

: of, relating to, or loyal to the federal government during the American Civil War

Full Definition of FEDERAL

1
archaic :  of or relating to a compact or treaty
2
a :  formed by a compact between political units that surrender their individual sovereignty to a central authority but retain limited residuary powers of government
b :  of or constituting a form of government in which power is distributed between a central authority and a number of constituent territorial units
c :  of or relating to the central government of a federation as distinguished from the governments of the constituent units
3
capitalized :  advocating or friendly to the principle of a federal government with strong centralized powers; especially :  of or relating to the American Federalists
4
often capitalized :  of, relating to, or loyal to the federal government or the Union armies of the United States in the American Civil War
5
capitalized :  being or belonging to a style of architecture and decoration current in the United States following the American Revolution
fed·er·al·ly \-d(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb

Examples of FEDERAL

  1. We pay federal, state, and local taxes.
  2. The ruling was overturned by a federal appeals court.
  3. furniture made in the Federal style

Origin of FEDERAL

Latin foeder-, foedus compact, league; akin to Latin fidere to trust — more at bide
First Known Use: 1660

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Federal

noun

: a supporter of the government of the U.S. in the American Civil War; especially : a soldier in the federal armies

: a federal agent or officer

Full Definition of FEDERAL

1
:  a supporter of the United States government in the Civil War; especially :  a soldier in the federal armies
2
:  fed 1 —usually used in plural

First Known Use of FEDERAL

1861

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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