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Federal

Relating to the general government or union of the states; based upon, or created pursuant to, the laws of the Constitution of the United States.

The United States has traditionally been named a federal government in most political and judicial writings. The term federal has not been prescribed by any definite authority but is used to express a broad opinion concerning the nature of the form of government.

A recent tendency has been to use the term national in place of federal to denote the government of the Union. Neither settles any question regarding the nature of authority of the government.

The term federal is generally considered to be more appropriate if the government is to be viewed as a union of the states. National is used to reflect the view that individual state governments and the Union as a whole are two distinct and separate systems, each of which is established directly by the population for local and national purposes, respectively.

In a more general sense, federal is ordinarily used to refer to a league or compact between two or more states to become joined under one central government.

federal

adjective allied, associated, banded, central, combined, confederate, federate, federative, foederatus, foedere sociatus, governmental, joined in a union, joint, leagued, merged, national, united
Associated concepts: federal aid, federal common law, feddral Constitution, federal courts, federal government, federal jurisdiction, federal law, federal offense, federal question, federal regulation, federal rights
See also: collective, mutual, national, public
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be thought necessary to render the foederal constitution entirely
45, supra note 53, at 293 (James Madison); see also Editorial, supra note 320, at 245 ("The Confederation points out what positive powers the Congress ought to have: the foederal Constitution points out what positive powers the Congress actually shall have.
Resolved that such a power however it might have been contemplated by some was not generally conceived by the representatives of this State in the Convention which adopted the Foederal Constitution as a power to be vested in the Judiciary of the General Government and that this General Assembly view the same as derogatory of the reserved rights and sovereignty of this State.
CIVIS, AN ADDRESS TO THE FREEMEN OF SOUTH CAROLINA, ON THE SUBJECT OF THE FOEDERAL CONSTITUTION, PROPOSED BY THE CONVENTION, WHICH MET IN PHILADELPHIA (1787), reprinted in 16 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY, infra note 344, at 21, 23.
state a mass of influence in favour of the Foederal Government.
Is an indefinite power to raise money dangerous in the hands of a foederal government?