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English definition of “federal”

federal

adjective [always before noun]     /ˈfedərəl/
GOVERNMENT relating to the central government, and not to the government of a region, of some countries such as the United States: the federal government a federal agency/employeeSystems of government
SYSTEM A federal system of government consists of a group of regions that is controlled by a central government.Systems of government
(Definition of federal adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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