federalism

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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 (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. 2 capitalized :  Federalist principles

1787

First Known Use of federalism

1787


Law Dictionary

federalism

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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



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