Definition of federalism
1a often capitalized : the distribution of power in an organization (such as a government) between a central authority and the constituent (see 2constituent 1) units under our system of federalism, states bear the primary responsibility for defining and controlling criminal behavior — W. R. LaFave & J. R. Israel — compare centralismb : support or advocacy of this principle
2 capitalized : Federalist principles
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