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Definitions of national

  1. inside the country; " the British Home Office has broader responsibilities than the United States Department of the Interior"; " the nation's internal politics"
  2. characteristic of or peculiar to the people of a nation; " a national trait"
  3. a person who owes allegiance to that nation; " a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
  4. concerned with or applicable to or belonging to an entire nation or country; " the national government"; " national elections"; " of national concern"; " the national highway system"; " national forests"
  5. limited to or in the interests of a particular nation; " national interests"; " isolationism is a strictly national policy"
  6. owned or maintained for the public by the national government; " national parks"
  7. of or relating to nationality; " national origin"
  8. Of or pertaining to a nation; common to a whole people or race; public; general; as, a national government, language, dress, custom, calamity, etc.
  9. Attached to one's own country or nation.
  10. Pertaining to, or peculiar to, a united people or country; general: National Army, in the World War, that part of the American army secured by conscription: national bank, an institution, in the United States, for lending and caring for money: organized under a special act of Congress: National Guard, the organized militia of any state of the United States.
  11. Nationally.
  12. Pertaining to a nation: public: general: attached to one's own country.
  13. NATIONALNESS.
  14. Pertaining or common to a nation: public; general; attached to one's country. National debt, money borrowed from individuals for national purposes and due by a nation. National Guards, the militia of France.
  15. Pert. to a nation; public; general.

Usage examples for national

  1. Building a more peaceful world requires a sound strategy and the national resolve to back it up. – State of the Union Addresses of Ronald Reagan by Ronald Reagan
  2. The Democratic party spent all its breath on that in the last national campaign. – Plunkitt of Tammany Hall by George Washington Plunkitt
  3. The reason lies in our national character. – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  4. They still fear that they will not be able to control the coming National Convention. – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  5. In the morning, two of the National Guards came to tell her that she was to be transferred to the Abbaye, to which she replied that she would as soon stay where she was. – Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Volume 1 by William Walton
  6. It was a village of national reputation at that time, for there John Brown was tried and hung. – A Narrative of Service with the Third Wisconsin Infantry by Julian Wisner Hinkley
  7. Merely to keep national sentiment in order. – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  8. I had the luck to cover my first inquiry by getting a lift into town from Mrs. Ormsby, young wife of the president of the First National. – The Million-Dollar Suitcase by Alice MacGowan Perry Newberry
  9. In the West a something more entered into the national spirit. – The Canadian Commonwealth by Agnes C. Laut
  10. They were essentially national. – Women of Early Christianity Woman: In all ages and in all countries, Vol. 3 (of 10) by Alfred Brittain Mitchell Carroll
  11. I have seized all those of the national riding- school. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  12. Beethoven wrote in his diary that he " must show the English what a blessing they have" in that " national disgrace." – Haydn by J. Cuthbert Hadden
  13. There was still to be found in a few of them somewhat of Luther's national idea of the empire. – Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II. by Gustav Freytag
  14. In the National Gallery, do you mean? – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  15. There was a rumour in the city to- day that he was to get a peerage; for it's a kind of national affair, you see. – At Love's Cost by Charles Garvice
  16. A splendid picture of the great national game in the smaller towns of our country. – Dorothy Dale in the City by Margaret Penrose
  17. The considerable advance in national wealth between 1330 and 1430 was partly due to our success in war. – Chaucer and His England by G. G. Coulton
  18. He had only met with it himself in the National Library at Paris. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  19. It's as much a part of the national customs as dancing and drinking. – Children of the Desert by Louis Dodge
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