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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Federal \Fed"er*al\, a. [L. foedus league, treaty, compact; akin to fides faith: cf. F. f['e]d['e]ral. see Faith.] 1. Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations; constituted by a compact between parties, usually governments or their representatives. [1913 Webster] The Romans compelled them, contrary to all federal right, . . . to part with Sardinia. --Grew. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically: (a) Composed of states or districts which retain only a subordinate and limited sovereignty, as the Union of the United States, or the Sonderbund of Switzerland. (b) Consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Federal Constitution; a Federal officer. (c) Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the Federal party. see Federalist. [1913 Webster] Federal Congress. See under Congress. [1913 Webster]