Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: foedus 'formal agreement or joining together'


Related topics: Groupings
fed‧e‧ral W3
1PPG a federal country or system of government consists of a group of states which control their own affairs, but which are also controlled by a single national government which makes decisions on foreign affairs, defence etc:
Switzerland is a federal republic.
2PPG relating to the central government of a country such as the US, rather than the government of one of its states:
federal law
federal taxes

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