federal district


: a district set apart as the seat of the central government of a federation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web More than 1,400 people have been arrested, including Bolsonaro’s former justice minister and the former commander of military police in the federal district. Marina Dias, Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2023 Much of the attention thus far has focused on Anderson Torres, Mr. Bolsonaro’s former justice minister, who became the federal district’s security chief on Jan. 2, and was in the U.S. on the day of the riot. David Biller And Carla Bridi, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Jan. 2023 The expectation was that the federal district's government was going to mount a response to protect the capital. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 10 Jan. 2023 Last month, a federal district judge presiding over the case in Manhattan ruled that the lawsuit against JPMorgan could move forward, partially denying the bank’s motion to dismiss the suit. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, 13 Apr. 2023 Further complicating the legal landscape is a separate decision from a federal district judge in Washington, also issued Friday, that blocked the FDA from altering the status quo regarding to mifepristone's availability in 16 states and the District of Columbia. CBS News, 13 Apr. 2023 But a federal district judge in Amarillo, Texas, last Friday temporarily paused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) decades-old approval of the drug. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Apr. 2023 Congress has oversight of D.C.’s laws and budget because of a provision in the U.S. Constitution that grants Congress exclusive authority over the federal district. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2023 Because Amarillo is a federal district with a single judge, plaintiffs know their arguments will be heard by Kacsmaryk - who, like any federal judge, is positioned to issue rulings with nationwide implications. Caroline Kitchener And Ann E. Marimow, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of federal district was circa 1934

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“Federal district.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/federal%20district. Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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