federalism

noun fed·er·al·ism \ ˈfe-d(ə-)rə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of federalism

1 a 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 centralism
b :support or advocacy of this principle
2 capitalized :Federalist principles

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First Known Use of federalism

1787


Law Dictionary

federalism

noun, often capitalized fed·er·al·ism \ ˈfe-drə-ˌli-zəm, ˈfe-də-rə- \

legal Definition of federalism

:distribution of power in a federation between the central authority and the constituent units (as states) involving especially the allocation of significant lawmaking powers to those constituent units — compare comity, full faith and credit, states' rights


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