federalism
noun Date: 1787 1. a. often capitalized the distribution of power in an organization (as a government) between a central authority and the constituent units — compare centralism b. support or advocacy of this principle 2. capitalized Federalist principles

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  • Federalism — Fed er*al*ism, n. [Cf. F. f[ e]d[ e]ralisme.] The principles of Federalists or of federal union. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • federalism — 1793, Amer.Eng., from Fr. fédéralisme, from fédéral (see FEDERAL (Cf. federal)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • federalism — [fed′ər əl iz΄əm] n. 1. a) the federal principle of government or organization b) support of this principle ☆ 2. [F ] the principles of the Federalist Party …   English World dictionary

  • Federalism — Political federalism is a political philosophy in which a group of members are bound together (Latin: foedus , covenant) with a governing representative head. The term federalism is also used to describe a system of the government in which… …   Wikipedia

  • federalism — /fed euhr euh liz euhm/, n. 1. the federal principle of government. 2. U.S. Hist. a. advocacy of the federal system of government. b. (cap.) the principles of the Federalist party. [1780 90, Amer.; FEDERAL + ISM] * * * Political system that binds …   Universalium

  • federalism —    A system of government in which responsibilities and powers are shared between the centre and regional or state units. The division of power is laid down in a written constitution and any dispute is arbitrated by a supreme court. There is no… …   Glossary of UK Government and Politics

  • federalism — [[t]fe̱dərəlɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Federalism is belief in or support for a federal system of government, or this system itself. They argue that the amendment undermines Canadian federalism …   English dictionary

  • federalism — /ˈfɛdərəlɪzəm/ (say feduhruhlizuhm), /ˈfɛdrə / (say fedruh ) noun 1. the federal principle of government. 2. Also, new federalism. the belief that the rights and powers of individual states in a federation should not be diminished by or subsumed… …   Australian English dictionary

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