federalism

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

Definition of federalism

  1. 1a often capitalized :  the distribution of power in an organization (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. 2 capitalized :  Federalist principles

1787

First Known Use of federalism

1787


Law Dictionary

federalism

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

Legal Definition of federalism

  1. :  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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up federalism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

clothing or garments

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • fox-in-front-of-cabin-in-winter
  • The month of December comes from a Latin word that referred to which month of the year?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ