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[an-tee-fed-er-uh-list, -fed-ruh-, an-tahy-]
  1. U.S. History. a member or supporter of the Antifederal party.
  2. (lowercase) an opponent of federalism.
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Origin of Antifederalist

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; anti- + federalist
Related formsAn·ti·fed·er·al·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for anti-federalism

Historical Examples

  • Anti-federalism had long been dead, and the Republicans were the most sincere and zealous supporters of the Constitution.

    The Life of Albert Gallatin

    Henry Adams

  • Much had been effected by the use, or rather abuse, of the terms federalist and anti-federalist, federalism and anti-federalism.

  • Both Federalism and anti-Federalism were the mixed issue of an interest and a theory.

    The Promise Of American Life

    Herbert David Croly

British Dictionary definitions for anti-federalism


  1. US history a person who opposed the ratification of the Constitution in 1789 and thereafter allied with Thomas Jefferson's Antifederal Party, which opposed extension of the powers of the federal Government
  2. (often not capital) any person who opposes federalism
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