- 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.
Origin of federal
Examples from the Web for federally
Contemporary Examples of federally
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
January 2, 2015
The plan was for those with problems to be treated in their communities through a federally supported system of providers.Government Has Failed the Mentally Ill
September 1, 2014
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
March 15, 2014
In 2011 a Minnesota farmer smashed thousands of eggs and young chicks of the federally protected American white pelican.Why Do We Save Some Species and Let Others Get Devastated?
Melissa Holbrook Pierson
May 21, 2013
The rates on federally guaranteed student loans, meanwhile, is set to double to 6.8% this summer.Elizabeth Warren Wants the Fed to Get Into the Student Loan Business
May 9, 2013
Historical Examples of federally
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
- 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
Word Origin for federal
1640s, as a theological term, from French fédéral, from Latin foedus (genitive foederis) "covenant, league, treaty, alliance," related to fides "faith" (see faith).
Meaning "pertaining to a treaty" (1650s) led to political sense of "state formed by agreement among independent states" (1707), from phrases like federal union "union based on a treaty," popularized by formation of U.S.A. 1776-1787.