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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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He expressed strong belief that the choice has no effect on any decision to federalise Iraq.
Llais Gwynedd was formed from the fall-out over the ruling Plaid group's proposals to close 29 primary schools and to federalise dozens more, leaving the county with 48 schools compared to the current 106.
There has been an ongoing battle between the Senate, whose members voted to federalise airport screeners in a bill passed recently, and House Republican leaders, who are opposed to federalisation but want private security companies to operate under government-set standards for pay and hiring.
This enabled President Eisenhower in 1957 to despatch Federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, when Governor Faubus delayed school integration, and President Kennedy to federalise the National Guard in Alabama on the s ame issue.
The five options are to continue the status quo, close Llanddona and move pupils to Beaumaris (saving PS91,000 a year), or to Llangoed (saving SSAAVVEEDD PS101,000), close both Llanddona and Llangoed and move children to Beaumaris (saving PS250,000) or to federalise the schools.
Cymdeithas yr Iaith appears to welcome it insofar as the move to federalise has been suspended while such models are explored and Assembly Government guidelines awaited.