The definition of federal is something relating to a form of government where states recognize the power of a central government while still keeping certain state-level governmental powers.(adjective)
An example of federal is the United States government.
See federal in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L foedus (gen. foederis), a league, compact, treaty: see faith & -al
See federal in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From Latin foedus, foeder-, league, treaty; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.
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