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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Federal  \Fed"er*al\,  a.  [L.  foedus  league,  treaty,  compact;  akin 
  to  fides  faith:  cf  F.  f['e]d['e]ral.  see  {Faith}.] 
  1.  Pertaining  to  a  league  or  treaty;  derived  from  an 
  agreement  or  covenant  between  parties,  especially  between 
  nations;  constituted  by  a  compact  between  parties,  usually 
  governments  or  their  representatives. 
 
  The  Romans  compelled  them  contrary  to  all  federal 
  right  .  .  .  to  part  with  Sardinia.  --Grew. 
 
  2.  Specifically: 
  a  Composed  of  states  or  districts  which  retain  only  a 
  subordinate  and  limited  sovereignty,  as  the  Union  of 
  the  United  States,  or  the  Sonderbund  of  Switzerland. 
  b  Consisting  or  pertaining  to  such  a  government;  as  the 
  Federal  Constitution;  a  Federal  officer. 
  c  Friendly  or  devoted  to  such  a  government;  as  the 
  Federal  party.  see  {Federalist}. 
 
  {Federal  Congress}.  See  under  {Congress}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Federal  \Fed"er*al\,  n. 
  See  {Federalist}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  federal 
  adj  1:  national;  especially  in  reference  to  the  government  of  the 
  United  States  as  distinct  from  that  of  its  member 
  units;  "the  Federal  Bureau  of  Investigation";  "federal 
  courts";  "the  federal  highway  program";  "federal 
  property" 
  2:  of  or  relating  to  the  central  government  of  a  federation;  "a 
  federal  district  is  one  set  aside  as  the  seat  of  the 
  national  government" 
  3:  being  of  or  having  to  do  with  the  northern  United  States  and 
  those  loyal  to  the  Union  during  the  Civil  War;  "Union 
  soldiers";  "Federal  forces";  "a  Federal  infantryman"  [syn: 
  {Union},  {Federal}] 
  4:  (government)  characterized  by  or  constituting  a  form  of 
  government  in  which  power  is  divided  between  one  central 
  and  several  regional  authorities;  "a  federal  system  like 
  that  of  the  United  States";  "federal  governments  often 
  evolved  out  of  confederatons"  [ant:  {unitary}] 
  n  1:  a  member  of  the  Union  Army  during  the  American  Civil  War 
  [syn:  {Federal},  {Federal  soldier},  {Union  soldier}] 
  2:  any  federal  law-enforcement  officer  [syn:  {Federal},  {Fed}, 
  {federal  official}] 




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