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Definition of federal adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1having a system of government in which the individual states of a country have control over their own affairs, but are controlled by a central government for national decisions, etc. a federal republic
  2. 2connected with national government rather than the local government of an individual state or province a federal law state and federal income taxes
adverb federally funded health care
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