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English adjective: federal

1. federal national; especially in reference to the government of the United States as distinct from that of its member units


SamplesThe Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Federal courts.
The federal highway program.
Federal property.


Similarnational


Antonymslocal

2. federal of or relating to the central government of a federation


SamplesA federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government.

3. Federal being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War


SamplesUnion soldiers.
Federal forces.
A Federal infantryman.


SynonymsUnion


Similarnorthern


Antonymssouthern

4. federal characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is divided between one central and several regional authorities


SamplesA federal system like that of the United States.
Federal governments often evolved out of confederations.


Domain categoryadministration, governance, governing, government, government activity


Antonymsunitary


English noun: Federal

1. Federal (person) a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War


SynonymsFederal soldier, Union soldier


Broader (hypernym)Northerner, Yank, Yankee

2. Federal (person) any federal law-enforcement officer


SynonymsFed, federal official


Broader (hypernym)agent, federal agent









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