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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FEDERAL

These are some of the blessings secured to our happy land by our Federal Union.

The inestimable value of our Federal Union is felt and acknowledged by all.

We are fortunate in the ability and integrity of our Federal judges and attorneys.

And there is another area where the Federal Government can play a part.

The Federal's pistol slid into its holster and his sabre flashed out.

The Federal expanded with surprise and then with austere pleasure.

Of a sudden the Federal commander descried me wildly at work.

No, he's Federal, Confederate or guerilla as it may suit his bloody ends.

The law by which this question is to be decided is not State, but Federal.

The federal district is under the exclusive jurisdiction of congress.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, as a theological term, from French fédéral, from Latin foedus (genitive foederis) "covenant, league, treaty, alliance," related to fides "faith" (see faith).

Meaning "pertaining to a treaty" (1650s) led to political sense of "state formed by agreement among independent states" (1707), from phrases like federal union "union based on a treaty," popularized by formation of U.S.A. 1776-1787.

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