- 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
Example sentences from the Web for federal
We have strong federal support that allows us to keep people on.
That is why I’ve repeatedly called on federal agencies to adopt maximum telework practices.Nearly 3,500 federal workers to get benefits for contracting the coronavirus at work|Eric Yoder|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
One of them is Juan Carlos Rivera, a 53-year-old federal employee and Vienna resident.Boy Scouts must settle 95,000 abuse claims by next summer — or risk running out of cash|Samantha Schmidt|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
NSSEO used physical restraint more often — 1,170 times — than any other district in Illinois during the 2017-18 school year, according to the new federal data.National Ban on School Use of Seclusion and Restraint of Students Introduced in Congress|by Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica and Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune|November 19, 2020|ProPublica
One well-known case was heard in Virginia federal court in the ’90s.Woman sues after learning ‘anonymous’ sperm donor was her own fertility doctor|Rachel Weiner|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
The TVA, a federally owned and chartered electric power provider, is a New Deal legacy just like Social Security.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern|Lloyd Green|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Which politician wants to defend federally-subsidized abortions for convicted criminals?
The plan was for those with problems to be treated in their communities through a federally supported system of providers.
Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan says the federally subsidized school-lunch program offers “a full stomach and an empty soul.”The Dude Is Up for Breakfast: Jeff Bridges’ New Push on Childhood Hunger|Eleanor Clift|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Federally-funded research helped lead to the ideas and inventions behind Google and smartphones.
The 1,670.74 acres of federally owned land in the park comprise portions of the two battlefields.Manasses (Bull Run) National Battlefield Park-Virginia|Francis F. Wilshin
Italy, moreover, could not have been federally united without the consent of Naples and the Church.Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)|John Addington Symonds
We cannot realistically afford federally dictated national health insurance providing full coverage for all 215 million Americans.
Two kinds of Federally-directed bodies with primary emphasis on planning are in operation in various river basins.The Nation's River|United States Department of the Interior
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