- of or relating to the Federalists or to the Federalist party.
- supporting the principles of the Federalist party.
- (in the Civil War) pertaining to or supporting the Union government.
- relating to or adhering to the support of the Constitution.
- a Federalist.
- an adherent of the Union government during the Civil War; Unionist.
- a soldier in the Federal army.
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Origin of federal
historical usage of federal
The earliest use of federal had to do with a treaty or covenant, especially a covenant between God and an individual. The meaning “relating to a union of states under a central government” appeared in 1703, probably arising from the contextual meaning of the term federal union —in other words, a union based on a treaty. Soon after American independence, federal was used to refer specifically to the national government of the United States.
OTHER WORDS FROM federal
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH federalfederal , national
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Example sentences from the Web for federal
Several public agencies came together in 2018 to sue the federal government over its inaction.
The federal government already uses its own vaccine supplies for some employees, such as members of Congress and the military, local officials said.Leaders in Washington region ask FEMA for help in vaccinating federal workers|Julie Zauzmer, Rachel Chason, Rebecca Tan|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
The other would raise federal subsidies for COBRA, which tends to be expensive.Affordable Care Act subsidies likely to increase under congressional plan|Amy Goldstein|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
The agency has been surviving off federal Cares Act money that Congress passed in April, but the $767 million was set to run out early this year.Metro seeks bond sales to raise $360 million for capital projects|Justin George|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
In 2004, O’Matz was named to the newspaper’s investigations team, where she helped uncover fraud in the federal government's disaster relief program in Miami.
“This is a federal mandate that is causing some real problems for schools across the country,” Kline told a CBS affiliate in July.
As for the federal authorities, they have made themselves available but the clergy have not requested special protection.
Lalo said he reported the kidnapping to his ICE handlers, which was confirmed by a former federal agent familiar with the case.
What 15 months in a federal correction institution will be like, according to a man who counsels to-be inmates.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And that means they also fall under the umbrella of programs most likely to get the axe when state and federal budgets are tight.
Election of representatives from New York to consider the federal constitution held.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
History gives them scant notice, and the Federal government has failed to reward them as they deserve.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
Customers will do things in the name of the Federal Reserve System which they have never done before.
This seems to be contrary to the spirit and intent of the act, which is primarily to centralize reserves in Federal Reserve Banks.
It was never the intention of the Federal Reserve Act that member banks should continue the maintenance of these reserve accounts.
British Dictionary definitions for federal (1 of 2)
Derived forms of federalfederally, adverb
Word Origin for federal
British Dictionary definitions for federal (2 of 2)
- of or relating to the Federalist party or Federalism
- characteristic of or supporting the Union government during the American Civil War
- a supporter of the Union government during the American Civil War
- a Federalist