What does federal mean?

Definitions for federal
ˈfɛd ər əlfed·er·al

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word federal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Federal, Federal soldier, Union soldiernoun

    a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War

  2. Federal, Fed, federal officialadjective

    any federal law-enforcement officer

  3. federaladjective

    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"

  4. federaladjective

    of or relating to the central government of a federation

    "a federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government"

  5. Union, Federaladjective

    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"

  6. federaladjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. federalnoun

    A law-enforcement official of the FBI; short for federal agent.

  2. federaladjective

    Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations.

  3. federaladjective

    Pertaining to the national government level, as opposed to state, provincial, county, city, or town.

  4. Etymology: From foedus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Federaladjective

    Relating to a league or contract.

    Etymology: from fœdus, Latin.

    It is a federal rite betwixt God and us, as eating and drinking, both among the Jews and Heathens, was wont to be. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.

    The Romans compelled them, contrary to all federal right and justice, both to part with Sardinia, their lawful territory, and also to pay them for the future a double tribute. Nehemiah Grew.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Federaladjective

    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

  2. Federaladjective

    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

  3. Federaladjective

    consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Federal Constitution; a Federal officer

  4. Federaladjective

    friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the Federal party. see Federalist

  5. Federalnoun

    see Federalist

  6. Etymology: [L. foedus league, treaty, compact; akin to fides faith: cf. F. fdral. see Faith.]

Freebase

  1. Federal

    Federal is the debut album by American rapper E-40, released November 10, 1993 on Sick Wid It Records. It peaked at number 80 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Jive records reissued Federal in 1995 with three tracks missing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Federal

    fed′ėr-al, adj. pertaining to or consisting of a treaty or covenant: confederated, founded upon mutual agreement: of a union or government in which several states, while independent in home affairs, combine for national or general purposes, as in the United States (in the American Civil War, Federal was the name applied to the states of the North which defended the Union against the Confederate separatists of the South).—n. a supporter of federation: a Unionist soldier in the American Civil War.—n. Fed′eracy.—v.t. Fed′eralise.—ns. Fed′eralism, the principles or cause maintained by federalists; Fed′eralist, a supporter of a federal constitution or union; Fed′erary (Shak.), a confederate.—adj. Fed′erāte, united by league: confederated.—n. Federā′tion, the act of uniting in league: a federal union.—adj. Fed′erātive, united in league.—Federal (or Covenant) theology, that first worked out by Cocceius (1603-69), based on the idea of two covenants between God and man—of Works and of Grace (see Covenant). [Fr. fédéral—L. fœdus, fœderis, a treaty, akin to fidĕre, to trust.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. federaladjective

    Refering to the federal government. "The reasons are several, most of the federal" -- Public Enemy (Black steel in the hour of chaos).

  2. federaladjective

    Something of exceptional quality or of an extreme nature. Used throughout E-40 tapes, probably Bay Area in origin.

  3. federaladjective

    Going federal: rising up in the game.

  4. federaladjective

    To "make a federal case of" something means to make a big deal out of it, usually when it's not worth it.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'federal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2632

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'federal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4754

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'federal' in Adjectives Frequency: #354

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of federal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of federal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of federal in a Sentence

  1. David Victor:

    Because the federal government has been stagnant on these issues for a long time, a huge amount of activity has shifted to the states.

  2. Adam Kurland:

    New York law already has a statute that limits some state prosecutions based on the same conduct as a prior federal prosecution.

  3. United States:

    Christopher Ahn is Christopher Ahn, christopher Ahn deserves much better treatment than is currently being provided to Christopher Ahn by the United States government, which is housing Christopher Ahn in federal detention in Los Angeles.

  4. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:

    I think it is wrong for the federal government to force Christian individuals, businesses, pastors, churches to participate in wedding ceremonies that violate our sincerely held religious beliefs, we have to stand up and fight for religious liberty. That's where this fight is going. The left wants to silence us, Hillary Clinton wants to silence us, we're not going away.

  5. Brandon Friedman:

    Florida governor Ron DeSantis is either openly preparing for a break from the federal government or he wants his followers to *believe* he is. Either way, it's extremely dangerous for the future of the United States.

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