Federal

Definition of Federal

Fed´er`al
a.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.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.
Federal Congress
See under Congress.
n.1.See Federalist.

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