- (a.) 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.
- (a.) 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.
- (a.) Consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Federal Constitution; a Federal officer.
- (a.) Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the Federal party. see Federalist.
- (n.) any federal law-enforcement officer
- A member of the Union Army during the American Civil War
- National; especially in reference to the government of the United States as distinct from that of its member units; "the Federal Bureau of Investigation"; "federal courts"; "the federal highway program"; "federal property"
- Characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is divided between one central and several regional authorities; "a federal system like that of the United States"; "federal governments often evolved out of confederations"
- Being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War; "Union soldiers"; "Federal forces"; "a Federal infantryman"
- Of or relating to the central government of a federation; "a federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government"
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