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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.


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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Jay Carney, porte-parole de la Maison blanche, a affirme que le gouvernement prenait "extremement au serieux" d'eventuelles violations des sanctions, et que le Tresor restait en contact etroit avec les autorites federales et de l'Etat sur la question.
Selon les sources, elle complique la tache de la Reserve federale et du departement du Tresor.
Il ne conclut cependant pas a l'invalidite de la loi pour ce motif, puisqu'il est d'avis que les fins federales et la collaboration des differents paliers gouvernementaux en respece legitiment cet aspect de la loi (51).
Au contraire, dans Caloil, les competences provinciales cedent le pas a celles federales puisque l'accord de mise en marche releve d'un champ de competence preponderant au federal : le commerce interprovincial (59).
Avant l'adoption de la LFDD, l'expression << developpement durable >> se retrouvait dans une serie de lois federales qui y renvoyaient de maniere directe ou indirecte (67).
Ils examinent la portee des subventions federales sur les depenses en capital des municipalites, de 1988 a 2008, et constatent que la transition recente d'un gouvernement liberal a un gouvernement conservateur n'a pas resulte en une baisse des niveaux de financement.
Just substitute Federales with The Fed, bandidos for bankers and gringos for investors and you'll get what I mean.
2 de la Loi d'interpretation ou d'exposer le pourquoi et la methodologie du processus d'harmonisation de lois federales bijuridiques.
They get deeply enmeshed in the murky politics of warring drug cartels and the federales (led by a super-smooth Tomas Milian) whose job, at least officially, is to curtail the outlaws.
The federales would surely chase us down, and I wouldn't get out of this country without seeing the inside of a jail cell - or worse.
In addition to two Cuban security men, Mexican federales patrolled the grounds.
He became a financial supporter of the civilian army formed to resist the Federales.