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English definition of “federalism”


noun [U]     /ˈfedərəlɪzəm/
a political system in which separate states are organized under a central government Systems of government
federalist noun [C] someone who supports federalism: federalist principles Systems of government
(Definition of federalism noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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