a law or body of laws passed by the central government of the United States or of any other country comprising states, provinces, or other quasi-autonomous units: This act to protect migratory birds is a federal law enforcing an international agreement to which the United States is a party.She is an expert on federal law.: Compare state law, provincial law.
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How to use federal law in a sentence
They would not, for example, supersede federal law regarding the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment.
Both state and federal law required that the disputed ballots be counted, which gave the victory to Wilson Baker.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era | Gary May | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The other would forbid more stringent background checks than those required by federal law.America’s Most Important (and Wackiest) Referendums This November | Ben Jacobs | October 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But because they were dating partners who never married or lived together, federal law did nothing to keep guns out of his hands.Use Your Vote to Take Stand Against Domestic Violence | Shannon Watts | October 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Newport News, Virginia, school added, “federal law prohibits us from reporting on university disciplinary actions.”
Many of the northern states denied on this occasion the right of a state to judge a federal law.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
They affirmed, on the contrary, the belief that only the federal courts can decide the constitutionality of a federal law.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
The first response to the new federal law by the railroads was entirely favorable.
These recent changes introduced in the federal law brought two others into special prominence.
And the great body of independent carriers on our inland waters were still left beyond the reach of the federal law.