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2 entries found for federal.
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Main Entry: fed·er·al
Pronunciation: primarystressfed-(schwa-)rschwal
Function: adjective
1 a : formed by an agreement between political units that surrender supreme authority to a central authority but keep certain powers b : of or being a form of government in which power is distributed between a central authority and individual units
2 often capitalized : of, relating to, or loyal to the U.S. federal government during the American Civil War
- fed·er·al·ly /-rschwa-lemacron/ adverb

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