from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A system of government in which power is divided between a central authority and constituent political units.
- n. Advocacy of such a system of government.
- n. The doctrine of the Federalist Party.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. System of national government in which power is divided between a central authority and a number of regions with delimited self-governing authority.
- n. Advocacy of such a system.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The principles of Federalists or of federal union.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine or system of federation or federal union in government; the principle of assigning to the care of a central government such matters of common concernment as may be agreed upon, and all others to that of the governments of the federated states, provinces, or tribes; more specifically, the aggregate principles or doctrines of a federal party, as the Federalists of the United States.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the idea of a federal organization of more or less self-governing units
federal + -ism (Wiktionary)