Definitions of federal

  1. of or relating to the central government of a federation; " a federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. 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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Federal Constitution; a Federal officer.
  8. Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the Federal party. see Federalist.
  9. See Federalist.
  10. Consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Constitution; a officer.
  11. Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the party. see Federalist.
  12. 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.
  13. A supporter of federalism, or a union of states.
  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.
  20. In Amer., one who advocates the strengthening of the central government.

Usage examples for federal

  1. Neither Confederate nor Federal was in sight. – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  2. But when a Federal Government is erected with only a portion of the sovereign power, the rule of construction is directly the reverse, and every power is reserved to the members that is not, either in express terms or by necessary implication, taken away from them and rested exclusively in the Federal Head. – Trial of the Officers and Crew of the Privateer Savannah, on the Charge of Piracy, in the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York by A. F. Warburton
  3. This group had spent the first six months of its existence exactly defining and asserting its jurisdiction, which seemed to spread just as the vegetation calling it into being did; and the second six months wrangling with the Federal Trade Commission over certain " Cease and Desist" orders issued to firms using allusions to the grass on the labels of their products, thereby implying they were as vigorous, or of as wide application, as the representation. – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore
  4. Cruikshank the Court gave another blow to Federal control, in the South. – Contemporary American History, 1877-1913 by Charles A. Beard
  5. Colonel Pickering is an example of one of the best types of a New Englander of his time: a brave, patriotic soldier, a talented writer, an impartial, able, and energetic public official, a leader of the Federal party, occupying four Cabinet positions, serving his country whenever he was needed, but content to return to his simple life when the need for him in public life was over. – Historic Homes by Mary H. Northend
  6. Brooks's division was still on the left of the Federal line, near the bridge- heads. – The Campaign of Chancellorsville by Theodore A. Dodge
  7. That their wishes should be regarded, and not the wishes of the Federal Government or a federal officer. – History of the Constitutions of Iowa by Benjamin F. Shambaugh
  8. To this extent the anti- trust legislation, both State and Federal, is fully justified. – Popular Law-making by Frederic Jesup Stimson
  9. On the Federal Constitution there are infinite possibilities for " yes and no" questioning, which afford a brief and effective means of review in the principles of American government. – The Teaching of History by Ernest C. Hartwell
  10. It was a grateful surprise to Chad, two months later, to learn from a Federal officer that Morgan with six others had dug out of prison and escaped. – The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox
  11. Although sustained by his authority as a Federal officer, he was perfectly well aware that it was possible for him to meet with trouble when the gang found out what he had done. – They of the High Trails by Hamlin Garland
  12. Besides- for most extraordinary notions will come into foolish girls' minds- was she not in the company of a great Federal court; and shouldn't she feel safe on that score? – Laramie Holds the Range by Frank H. Spearman
  13. As the Federal party lost its sympathy with the French cause the attitude of the nation changed. – The Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut by M. Louise Greene, Ph. D.
  14. It was, therefore, Judge Lyman's last winter at the Federal Capital. – Ten Nights in a Bar Room by T. S. Arthur
  15. Without local self- government a great Federal Union is impossible. – American Political Ideas Viewed From The Standpoint Of Universal History by John Fiske
  16. 6. A judicial system of courts, from which no appeal can be had to United States courts, except upon Federal questions. – Government and Administration of the United States by Westel W. Willoughby and William F. Willoughby
  17. The formation of the new federal union under the Constitution is properly the main, though not the sole, theme of this volume. – Union and Democracy by Allen Johnson