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federal adj
1 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"
2 of or relating to the central government of a federation; "a federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government"
3 being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the Civil War; "Union soldiers"; "Federal forces"; "a Federal infantryman" [syn: Union]
4 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 confederatons" [ant: unitary]


1 a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War [syn: Federal soldier, Union soldier]
2 any federal law-enforcement officer [syn: Fed, federal official]

User Contributed Dictionary




From foedus.


  1. Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations.
  2. Pertaining to the national government level, as opposed to state, provincial, county, city, or town.


Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations
Pertaining to the national government level


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


A law-enforcement officer of the FBI



  1. federal

Extensive Definition

Federal or foederal (archaic) may refer to:
In politics: Other:
federal in Spanish: Federal (desambiguación)
federal in Dutch: Federal
federal in Simple English: Federal

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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