adjective Etymology: Latin foeder-, foedus compact, league; akin to Latin fidere to trust — more at bide Date: 1660 1. archaic of or relating to a compact or treaty 2. a. formed by a compact between political units that surrender their individual sovereignty to a central authority but retain limited residuary powers of government b. of or constituting a form of government in which power is distributed between a central authority and a number of constituent territorial units c. of or relating to the central government of a federation as distinguished from the governments of the constituent units 3. capitalized advocating or friendly to the principle of a federal government with strong centralized powers; especially of or relating to the American Federalists 4. often capitalized of, relating to, or loyal to the federal government or the Union armies of the United States in the American Civil War 5. capitalized being or belonging to a style of architecture and decoration current in the United States following the American Revolution • federally adverb

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