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Meaning of FEDERAL

Pronunciation:  'fedurul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any federal law-enforcement officer
  2. [n]  a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War
  3. [adj]  national; especially in reference to the government of the United States as distinct from that of its member units; "the Federal Bureau of Investigation"; "federal courts"; "the federal highway program"; "federal property"
  4. [adj]  (government) characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is divided between one central and several regional authorities; "a federal system like that of the United States"; "federal governments often evolved out of confederatons"
  5. [adj]  being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the Civil War; "Union soldiers"; "Federal forces"; "a Federal infantryman"
  6. [adj]  of or relating to the central government of a federation; "a federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government"

FEDERAL is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: Fed, federal official, Federal soldier, national, northern, Union, Union soldier
 Antonyms: unitary
 See Also: agent, federal agent, Northerner, Yank, Yankee



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fed"er*al\, a. [L. foedus league, treaty, compact; akin
    to fides faith: cf. F. f['e]d['e]ral. see {Faith}.]
    1. 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.
             The Romans compelled them, contrary to all federal
             right, . . . to part with Sardinia.   --Grew.
    2. Specifically:
       (a) Composed of states or districts which retain only a
           subordinate and limited sovereignty, as the Union of
           the United States, or the Sonderbund of Switzerland.
       (b) Consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the
           Federal Constitution; a Federal officer.
       (c) Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the
           Federal party. see {Federalist}.
    {Federal Congress}. See under {Congress}.
  2. \Fed"er*al\, n.
    See {Federalist}.
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