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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.



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.




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


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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