American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a form of government in which a union of states recognizes the sovereignty of a central authority while retaining certain residual powers of government.
- adj. Of or constituting a form of government in which sovereign power is divided between a central authority and a number of constituent political units.
- adj. Of or relating to the central government of a federation as distinct from the governments of its member units.
- adj. Favorable to or advocating federation: The senator's federal leanings were well known.
- adj. Relating to or formed by a treaty or compact between constituent political units.
- adj. Of, relating to, or supporting Federalism or the Federalist Party.
- adj. Of, relating to, or loyal to the Union cause during the American Civil War.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being the central government of the United States.
- adj. Relating to or characteristic of a style of architecture, furniture, and decoration produced in the United States especially in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and characterized by adaptations of classical forms combined with typically American motifs.
- n. A supporter of the Union during the American Civil War, especially a Union soldier.
- n. A Federalist.
- n. A federal agent or official.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a league, covenant, or contract; derived from a covenant between parties, particularly between nations.
- Confederated; founded on an alliance by confederation or compact for mutual support: as, the federal diet of the old German empire.
- Pertaining to a union of states in some essential degree constituted by and deriving its power from the people of all, considered as an entirety, and not solely by and from each of the states separately: as, a federal government, such as the governments of the United States. Switzerland, and some of the Spanish-American republics. A federal government is properly one in which the federal authority is independent of any of its component parts within the sphere of the federal action: distinguished from a confederate government, in which the states alone are sovereign, and which possesses no inherent power.
- Favorable to federation; supporting the principle of a union of states under a common government; specifically, in the United States, relating to, or adhering to, the support of the Federal Constitution.
- In the American civil war, pertaining to or supporting the Union or federal government.
- n. A supporter of federation; one devoted to a union of states in a national government or to its preservation; a unionist. Specifically
- n. In the American civil war, a Unionist; particularly, a Union soldier: opposed to Confederate.
- adj. Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations.
- adj. Pertaining to the national government level, as opposed to state, provincial, county, city, or town.
- n. US A law-enforcement official of the FBI; short for federal agent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations; constituted by a compact between parties, usually governments or their representatives.
- adj. Composed of states or districts which retain only a subordinate and limited sovereignty, as the
Unionof the United States, or the Sonderbundof Switzerland.
- adj. Consisting or pertaining to such a government.
- adj. Friendly or devoted to such a government. see Federalist.
- n. See federalist.
- adj. being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War
- adj. characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is divided between one central and several regional authorities
- adj. of or relating to the central government of a federation
- n. a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War
- n. any federal law-enforcement officer
- adj. national; especially in reference to the government of the United States as distinct from that of its member units
- From French fédéral, from Latin stem foeder- of foedus ("covenant, league, treaty, alliance") (Wiktionary)
- From Latin foedus, foeder-, league, treaty; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I mean, you've robbed thirty-one banks in twelve states, escaped from federal lockups _and _federal prisons -- and all without using violence of any kind.”
“Esq. in Milton, and remarked to him, that I was afraid the legislature would be federal, to which the said Thompson replied, that he was afraid it would _not be federal_, or that he began to be afraid there would not be _a federal_ house.”
“The big lessons after Katrina is we all have to work as a team," said Fugate, whose agency employed the term "federal family," instead of federal government, in news releases related to storm preparations.”
“The term federal judge really doesn't exist anymore.”
“Who ever heard the term federal or union applied to the aggregation of individuals into one community?”
“Gaining agreement from some federal court (notice the term federal) to nullify the federal government is not likely.”
“Republicans spending bingeRepublican lawmakers called the new unemployment numbers "completely unacceptable," and blamed what they called a "federal spending binge" for continuing to hold back U.S. job creation.”
“WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama created a bipartisan commission Thursday to confront what he calls the federal deficit's "disturbing" trajectory.”
“But let's begin with what I call the federal version of the line-item veto.”
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