federal

federal UK US /ˈfedərəl/ adjective GOVERNMENT
relating to a central government, not a state or local government: »

The state contributes 30% and the federal government 70% of the cost of the plan.

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She was charged in federal court with possessing unauthorized credit-card numbers.

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The employee then contacted federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services.

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He helped secure $100 million in federal funding to rebuild the department's infrastructure.

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A proposed Senate bill would raise the federal tax on cigarettes by 61 cents per pack.

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federal laws/regulations/legislation

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federal grants

having or relating to a system of government, especially in the US, where all the states in the country have some control over their own activities, but where central government has the main responsibility for making important decisions and laws: »

They have been in government for 45 of the 51 years of the German federal republic.

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Many Americans will protest that such local variation lies at the heart of a federal system.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • fédéral — fédéral, ale, aux [ federal, o ] adj. • 1783; du lat. fœdus, eris « alliance » 1 ♦ Qui concerne une fédération d États. ⇒ fédératif. Système, régime fédéral. ⇒ fédéralisme. Lien, pacte fédéral entre plusieurs États. Organisation, constitution… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • federal — fed·er·al adj [Latin foeder foedus compact, league] 1: of or constituting a form of government in which power is distributed between a central authority and a number of constituent territorial units (as states) a federal government 2: of or… …   Law dictionary

  • Federal — or foederal (archaic) may refer to:In politics: *Central gernment, the common level of government of a federation *Federal constitutional monarchy, a federation of monarchies or a federal organised monarchy *Federal district, a subdivision under… …   Wikipedia

  • federal — FEDERÁL, Ă, federali, e, adj. Care aparţine unei federaţii (de state), privitor la o federaţie (de state); care se prezintă sub forma unei federaţii; federativ. – Din fr. fédéral. Trimis de LauraGellner, 17.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  FEDERÁL adj.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Federal — Fed er*al, a. [L. foedus league, treaty, compact; akin to fides faith: cf. F. f[ e]d[ e]ral. see {Faith}.] 1. Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations; constituted by a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • federal — adjetivo 1. De la federación: gobierno federal. Las leyes federales prohíben el monopolio. estado* federal / autonómico. Sinónimo: federativo. adjetivo,sustantivo masculino y femenino 1. Que es partidario del federalismo: Las divisiones entre los …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • federal — 1640s, as a theological term, from Fr. fédéral, from L. foedus (gen. foederis) covenant, league, treaty, alliance, related to fides faith (see FAITH (Cf. faith)). Meaning pertaining to a treaty (1650s) led to political sense of state formed by… …   Etymology dictionary

  • federal — adj. 2 g. 1. Que tem por base o federalismo. 2. Da federação ou a ela relativo. 3.  [Brasil, Informal] Que é muito grande, intenso ou fora do comum (ex.: a brincadeira gerou uma confusão federal). = COLOSSAL, DESCOMUNAL, ENORME, GIGANTESCO • s. m …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • federal — (Del lat. foedus, ĕris, pacto, alianza). adj. federalista. Apl. a pers., u. t. c. s.) ☛ V. estado federal …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • federal — ► ADJECTIVE 1) referring to a system of government in which several states form a unity but remain independent in internal affairs. 2) referring to the central government as distinguished from the separate units constituting a federation. 3)… …   English terms dictionary

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