Definitions of federal

  1. See Federalist.
  2. A supporter of federalism, or a union of states.
  3. In Amer., one who advocates the strengthening of the central government.
  4. 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"
  5. 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. 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"
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Federal Constitution; a Federal officer.
  10. Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the Federal party. see Federalist.
  11. Consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Constitution; a officer.
  12. Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the party. see Federalist.
  13. Consisting of a union or compact between states, especially those of the United States and Switzerland; pertaining to the government of such a union; as, the federal constitution; supporting the Union in the American Civil War, 1861- 65; as, the federal army.
  14. Pertaining to or consisting of a treaty or covenant; founded upon mutual agreement. - A FEDERAL union or government is one in which several states, while independent in home affairs, combine for national or general purposes, as in the United States and Switzerland. In American civil war, FEDERAL was the name given to the states of the North which defended the Union against the Confederate separatists of the South.
  15. Pertaining to a league or compact.
  16. Pertaining to a union of states under one general government.
  17. Pertaining to a treaty, league, or covenant.
  18. Pertaining to or founded on a league or contract, specially between states; upholding the federation. A federal union, a union of several internally independent states under a common central government in which they are severally represented.
  19. Pert. to a league; consisting in a compact or agreement between nations, or between the several states of a nation, as in Switzerland or America.