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fed·er·al

 (fĕd′ər-əl, fĕd′rəl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or being a form of government in which a union of states recognizes the sovereignty of a central authority while retaining certain residual powers of government.
2. Of or constituting a form of government in which sovereign power is divided between a central authority and a number of constituent political units.
3. Of or relating to the central government of a federation as distinct from the governments of its member units.
4. Favorable to or advocating federation: The senator's federal leanings were well known.
5. Relating to or formed by a treaty or compact between constituent political units.
6. Federal
a. Of, relating to, or supporting Federalism or the Federalist Party.
b. Of, relating to, or loyal to the Union cause during the American Civil War.
7. often Federal Of, relating to, or being the central government of the United States.
8. Federal Relating to or characteristic of a style of architecture, furniture, and decoration produced in the United States especially in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and characterized by adaptations of classical forms combined with typically American motifs.
n.
1. Federal
a. A supporter of the Union during the American Civil War, especially a Union soldier.
b. A Federalist.
2. often Federal A federal agent or official.

[From Latin foedus, foeder-, league, treaty; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.]

fed′er·al·ly adv.
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federal

(ˈfɛdərəl)
adj
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of or relating to a form of government or a country in which power is divided between one central and several regional governments
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of or relating to a treaty between provinces, states, etc, that establishes a political unit in which power is so divided
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of or relating to the central government of a federation
4. of or relating to any union or association of parties or groups that retain some autonomy
5. (Education) (of a university) comprising relatively independent colleges
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a supporter of federal union or federation
[C17: from Latin foedus league]
ˈfederally adv

Federal

(ˈfɛdərəl)
adj
(Historical Terms)
a. of or relating to the Federalist party or Federalism
b. characteristic of or supporting the Union government during the American Civil War
n
(Historical Terms)
a. a supporter of the Union government during the American Civil War
b. a Federalist
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fed•er•al

(ˈfɛd ər əl)

adj.
1. pertaining to or of the nature of a union of states, provinces, or areas under a central government distinct from the individual governments of the separate units: the federal government of the U.S.
2. of, pertaining to, or involving such a central government: federal laws; federal troops.
3. (cap.)
a. of, pertaining to, or supporting the Federalist Party or Federalism.
b. pertaining to or supporting the Union government in the Civil War.
4. of or pertaining to a compact or a league, esp. a league between nations or states.
n.
5. an advocate of federation or federalism.
6. (cap.)
a. a Federalist.
b. a supporter of the Union, or a Union soldier in the Civil War.
[1635–45; earlier foederal < Latin foedus league]
fed′er•al•ly, adv.
fed′er•al•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.federal - a member of the Union Army during the American Civil WarFederal - a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War
Yank, Yankee, Northerner - an American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War)
2.federal - any federal law-enforcement officerFederal - any federal law-enforcement officer
federal agent, agent - any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau
Adj.1.federal - nationalfederal - 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"
national - 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"
2.federal - of or relating to the central government of a federationfederal - of or relating to the central government of a federation; "a federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government"
3.Federal - being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War; "Union soldiers"; "Federal forces"; "a Federal infantryman"
northern - in or characteristic of a region of the United States north of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line; "Northern liberals"; "northern industry"; "northern cities"
4.federal - 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 confederations"
governing, government activity, government, governance, administration - the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"
unitary - characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is held by one central authority; "a unitary as opposed to a federal form of government"
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federal

adjective confederate, combined, federated, in alliance Communist deputies in the federal assembly
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Translations
فدرالي، إتِّحادي
federální
føderalforbunds-
szövetségi
sambands-, bandalags-
federacinisfederalinissusijungę į federaciją
federācijas-federālsfederatīvs
federálny

federal

[ˈfedərəl]
A. ADJfederal
B. N (US) (Hist) → federal mf
C. CPD Federal Bureau N (US) → Departamento m de Estado
Federal Bureau of Investigation N (US) → FBI mBrigada f de Investigación Criminal
federal officer N (US) → federal mf
Federal Republic of Germany NRepública f Federal de Alemania
Federal Reserve Bank N (US) → banco m de la Reserva Federal
Federal Reserve Board N (US) → junta f de gobierno de la Reserva Federal
Federal Reserve System N (US) → Reserva f Federal (banco central de los EE. UU.)
federal tax Nimpuesto m federal FCC
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federal

[ˈfɛdərəl] adj [province, government, judge] → fédéral(e)Federal Aviation Administration n (US)Direction f générale de l'aviation civileFederal Bureau of Investigation n (US)FBI mFederal court n (US)cour f fédéralefederal holiday nUS, jour m férié
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federal

adjBundes-; system etcföderalistisch; (US Hist) → föderalistisch; federal stateBundesstaat m; federal bureauBundesamt nt; the Federal Republic of Germanydie Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Federal Insurance Contributions Act (US) Gesetz über die Einbehaltung von Sozialversicherungsbeiträgen
n (US)
(Hist) → Föderalist m
(inf: in FBI) → FBI-Agent(in) m(f)
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federal

[ˈfɛdərl] adjfederale
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federal

(ˈfedərəl) adjective
(of a government or group of states) joined together, usually for national and external affairs only. the federal government of the United States of America.
ˈfederated (-rei-) adjective
joined by a treaty, agreement etc.
ˌfedeˈration noun
people, societies, unions, states etc joined together for a common purpose. the International Federation of Actors.
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If Great Britain wants to survive as a genuinely democratic, free-thinking, independentlytrading state and important financial centre, it is absolutely vital that we shed the leaden boots of a federalising Europe, and remain fleet of foot.
There is no benefit in Brussels budging from their current position; they almost luxuriate in this very pleasant comfort zone that keeps intact the federalising ambition of the founding fathers.
If we were to remain in the EU it would be as a powerless, ineffective and totally marginalised entity - a mere passive milch cow existing only to fund the federalising excess of Brussels.