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[fed-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv]
  1. pertaining to or of the nature of a federation.
  2. inclined to federate.
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Origin of federative

First recorded in 1680–90; federate + -ive
Related formsfed·er·a·tive·ly [fed-uh-rey-tiv-lee, -er-uh-tiv-] /ˈfɛd əˌreɪ tɪv li, -ər ə tɪv-/, adverbun·fed·er·a·tive, adjectiveun·fed·er·a·tive·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for federative

Historical Examples of federative

  • It is the breaking up of a federative Union, but it is not like the breaking up of society.

    American Eloquence, Volume III. (of 4)


  • Her scheme was federative, like our own, in which the provinces of France should have the status of states.

  • Still, Mexico appears to be a federative republic, at least nominally, although the only recognised power is the sabre.

    The Tiger-Slayer

    Gustave Aimard

  • The federative system was equally familiar; Germany, the Netherlands, and even Spain, were in a measure federations.

  • It has been remarked, that the federative principle of the old system has been to some extent retained in the constitution.