- an advocate of federalism.
- (initial capital letter) U.S. History. a member or supporter of the Federalist party.
- Also fed·er·al·is·tic. of federalism or the Federalists.
Origin of federalist
- a series of 85 essays (1787–88) by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, written in support of the Constitution.
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Examples from the Web for federalists
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Again, federalists caused the problem by preventing a plane carrying polling material from taking off.Polls Close in First Libyan Election in More Than 40 Years
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At the very least, the (contemporary) federalists would be confused.Can You Be a Zionist If No One Thinks You Are?
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Popular fear of the power of a regular army was then widespread, but after the electoral defeat of the Federalists, it faded.The Militarization of America
William R. Polk
December 5, 2009
In the early years of the republic, the power of the Supreme Court fueled disputes between Federalists and Republicans.Is the Supreme Court Unconstitutional?
July 14, 2009
The Federalists wished to make the central government as strong as possible.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
In the preceding Congress there had been thirty Federalists and eleven Republicans.
It was well known that many Federalists would support his candidacy.
The Federalists watched this Republican revival with grave misgivings.
The emotions of the militant Federalists were too various to admit of description.
- a supporter or member of the Federalist party
- characteristic of the Federalists
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Word Origin and History for federalists
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