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Definition of federalist

1 : an advocate of federalism: such as
a often capitalized : an advocate of a federal union between the American colonies after the Revolution and of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution
b often capitalized : world federalist
2 capitalized : a member of a major political party in the early years of the U.S. favoring a strong centralized national government

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federalist adjective, often capitalized

Examples of federalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Santa Anna, president of Mexico eleven separate times, first took power as a federalist, then switched sides and became a centralizer. Rich Lowry, National Review, 20 July 2021 Part of the problem in Germany is structural and linked to its federalist system that delegates governing powers to constituent regions. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 7 July 2021 The answers to these questions are complicated by the United States’ federalist system, which empowers states and counties to take the lead on policies related to public health. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2021 That puts sand in the gears of the federalist system. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2021 The successes heralded by Ethiopia’s federalist constitution also revealed the limits of such a system. John Mukum Mbaku, Washington Examiner, 18 Mar. 2021 The Florida Republican told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro that America's federalist structure will be critical in combating liberal policies as the Democrats control both chambers of Congress and the White House. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, 27 Feb. 2021 But if there’s no financial reason for bankruptcy, America’s federalist system would typically prevent a federal court from intervening in a state legal dispute, Jacoby says. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2021 There are strict constructionists, but who knew Chief Justice John Roberts was a strict federalist? Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of federalist

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Federalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/federalist. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of federalist

: a supporter of federal government especially : a supporter of the U.S. Constitution
: a member of a major political party in the early years of the U.S. that wanted a strong central government

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