federal
fed·er·al adj [Latin foeder - foedus compact, league]
1: of or constituting a form of government in which power is distributed between a central authority and a number of constituent territorial units (as states)
a federal government
2: of or relating to the central government of a federation as distinguished from the governments of the constituent territorial units (as states); esp: of or relating to the laws made and enforced by the federal government
a federal crime
fed·er·al·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

federal
I adjective allied, associated, banded, central, combined, confederate, federate, federative, foederatus, foedere sociatus, governmental, joined in a union, joint, leagued, merged, national, united associated concepts: federal aid, federal common law, federal Constitution, federal courts, federal government, federal jurisdiction, federal law, federal offense, federal question, federal regulation, federal rights II index mutual (collective), national, public (affecting people)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


federal
adj.
Relating to the central government of a union of states, such as the national government of the United States.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


federal
adj. Pertaining to a system of government such as that adopted in the United States, in which a national government oversees a federation of local governments, with distinctly defined but overlapping responsibilities.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


federal
Relating to the general government or union of the states; based upon, or created pursuant to, the laws of the Constitution of the United States.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


federal
Relating to the general government or union of the states; based upon, or created pursuant to, the laws of the Constitution of the United States.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • fédéral — fédéral, ale, aux [ federal, o ] adj. • 1783; du lat. fœdus, eris « alliance » 1 ♦ Qui concerne une fédération d États. ⇒ fédératif. Système, régime fédéral. ⇒ fédéralisme. Lien, pacte fédéral entre plusieurs États. Organisation, constitution… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Federal — or foederal (archaic) may refer to:In politics: *Central gernment, the common level of government of a federation *Federal constitutional monarchy, a federation of monarchies or a federal organised monarchy *Federal district, a subdivision under… …   Wikipedia

  • federal — FEDERÁL, Ă, federali, e, adj. Care aparţine unei federaţii (de state), privitor la o federaţie (de state); care se prezintă sub forma unei federaţii; federativ. – Din fr. fédéral. Trimis de LauraGellner, 17.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  FEDERÁL adj.… …   Dicționar Român

  • federal — UK US /ˈfedərəl/ adjective GOVERNMENT ► relating to a central government, not a state or local government: »The state contributes 30% and the federal government 70% of the cost of the plan. »She was charged in federal court with possessing… …   Financial and business terms

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • federal — adjetivo 1. De la federación: gobierno federal. Las leyes federales prohíben el monopolio. estado* federal / autonómico. Sinónimo: federativo. adjetivo,sustantivo masculino y femenino 1. Que es partidario del federalismo: Las divisiones entre los …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • federal — 1640s, as a theological term, from Fr. fédéral, from L. foedus (gen. foederis) covenant, league, treaty, alliance, related to fides faith (see FAITH (Cf. faith)). Meaning pertaining to a treaty (1650s) led to political sense of state formed by… …   Etymology dictionary

  • federal — adj. 2 g. 1. Que tem por base o federalismo. 2. Da federação ou a ela relativo. 3.  [Brasil, Informal] Que é muito grande, intenso ou fora do comum (ex.: a brincadeira gerou uma confusão federal). = COLOSSAL, DESCOMUNAL, ENORME, GIGANTESCO • s. m …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • federal — (Del lat. foedus, ĕris, pacto, alianza). adj. federalista. Apl. a pers., u. t. c. s.) ☛ V. estado federal …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • federal — ► ADJECTIVE 1) referring to a system of government in which several states form a unity but remain independent in internal affairs. 2) referring to the central government as distinguished from the separate units constituting a federation. 3)… …   English terms dictionary

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