Definition of Federalism

1. Noun. The idea of a federal organization of more or less self-governing units.

Generic synonyms: Ideology, Political Orientation, Political Theory
Derivative terms: Federalist

Definition of Federalism

1. n. The principles of Federalists or of federal union.

Definition of Federalism

1. Noun. (system System) of (national) (government) in which (power) is (divided) between a (central) (authority) and a number of (regions) with delimited self-governing authority. ¹

2. Noun. Advocacy of such a system. ¹

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Definition of Federalism

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Federalism

federal job safety law
federal office
federal official
federal officials
federal question
federal question jurisdiction
federal savings bank
federal tax lien
federalism (current term)

Literary usage of Federalism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution by Albert Venn Dicey (1908)
"The Union, in the first place, presents the most completely developed type of federalism. All the features which mark that scheme of government, ..."

2. The American Political Science Review (1918)
"THE BACKGROUND OF AMERICAN federalism ANDREW c. MCLAUGHLIN University of Chicago The purpose of this paper is to make plain two facts: first, ..."

3. The Republic of New Haven: A History of Municipal Evolution by Charles Herbert Levermore (1886)
"DOWNFALL OF federalism. It would not be reasonable to suppose that these ... The unwavering federalism of the official utterances was anything but popular ..."

4. History of Federal Government in Greece and Italy by Edward Augustus Freeman, John Bagnell Bury (1893)
"Connexion of Italian history with the subject of federalism Italian history a ... In closing the history of Greek federalism wo draw a wider line than will ..."

5. The Legacy of the American Revolution to the British West Indies and Bahamas by Wilbur Henry Siebert (1913)
"Even on the judiciary question a large part of the Republicans were coming to the Federalist view, while the approximation of western federalism to views ..."

6. History of Federal Government from the Foundation of the Achaian League to by Edward Augustus Freeman (1863)
"Wherever either closer union or more entire separation is desirable, federalism is out of place. It is out of place if it attempts either to break asunder ..."

7. America and Britain by Andrew Cunningham McLaughlin (1919)
"THE BACKGROUND OF AMERICAN federalism The purpose of this paper is to make ... The center of this problem was the difficulty of recognizing federalism; and, ..."

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