federal - definition and synonyms

 
 
adjective 

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/ˈfed(ə)rəl/
  1. a federal country or system is one in which individual states make their own laws, but a national government is responsible for areas such as defence and foreign policy

    The US Constitution created the country’s federal system.

    the German Federal Republic

    1. a.
      connected with the national government of a country rather than with the government of one of its member states

      The cost will be split between state and federal governments.

      the federal appeals court

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