1. Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations; constituted by a compact between parties, usually governments or their representatives. "The Romans compelled them, contrary to all federal right, . . . To part with Sardinia." (Grew)
Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the Federal party. See Federalist. Federal Congress. See Congress.
Origin: L. Foedus league, treaty, compact; akin to fides faith: cf. F. Federal. See Faith.
(01 Mar 1998)
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