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federal

fed·er·al

federal

 
pronunciation:
fe d rl [or] fe drl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or relating to a system of government in which a number of states are united under and recognize the authority of a central government, yet have their own governments as well.
The founding fathers decided on a federal system of government for this country.
definition 2: of or relating to such a central authority, often as opposed to state or local authority.
The president is the head of the federal government, whereas a governor is the head of a state government.There are federal, state, and local laws.Harassing someone using the Internet is a federal crime.
derivation: federally (adv.)
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The word federal contains the following part:
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
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The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.