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Definition 1: any federal law-enforcement officer - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for federal in the sense of this definition

(federal is a kind of ...) any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau

Definition 2: a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for federal in the sense of this definition

(federal is a kind of ...) an American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War)

Definition 3: characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is divided between one central and several regional authorities - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where federal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a federal system like that of the United States
  • federal governments often evolved out of confederations

(federal belongs to category ...) the act of governing; exercising authority

"regulations for the governing of state prisons" "he had considerable experience of government"

Definition 4: of or relating to the central government of a federation - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where federal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government

Definition 5: national; especially in reference to the government of the United States as distinct from that of its member units - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where federal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • federal courts
  • the federal highway program
  • federal property

(federal is similar to ...) concerned with or applicable to or belonging to an entire nation or country

"the national government" "national elections" "of national concern" "the national highway system" "national forests"

Definition 6: being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where federal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Union soldiers
  • Federal forces
  • a Federal infantryman

Synonyms for federal in the sense of this definition

(federal is similar to ...) in or characteristic of a region of the United States north of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line

"Northern liberals" "northern industry" "northern cities"

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