Definitions for federalismˈfɛd ər əˌlɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fed•er•al•ismˈfɛd ər əˌlɪz əm(n.)

  1. the federal principle of government. advocacy of this principle.

    Category: American History

  2. (cap.) the principles of the Federalist Party.

    Category: American History

Origin of federalism:

1780–90, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. federalism(noun)

    the idea of a federal organization of more or less self-governing units


  1. federalism(Noun)

    system of national government in which power is divided between a central authority and a number of regions with delimited self-governing authority.

  2. federalism(Noun)

    Advocacy of such a system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Federalism(noun)

    the principles of Federalists or of federal union


  1. Federalism

    Federalism is a political concept in which a group of members are bound together by covenant with a governing representative head. The term "federalism" is also used to describe a system of government in which sovereignty is constitutionally divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units. Federalism is a system based upon democratic rules and institutions in which the power to govern is shared between national and provincial/state governments, creating what is often called a federation.


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