from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An advocate of federalism.
- noun A member or supporter of the Federalist Party.
- adjective Of or relating to federalism or its advocates.
- adjective Of or relating to Federalism or Federalists.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In polities, an advocate or a supporter of federalism; specifically, an advocate of a close union of states under a common government, or a supporter of such a union as against those who would weaken or destroy it; in United States history
- noun a member of the Federal party. See
- noun One who accepts the federal theology (which see, under
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun An advocate of confederation; specifically (Amer. Hist.), a friend of the Constitution of the United States at its formation and adoption; a member of the political party which favored the administration of president Washington.
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- noun Canada, politics Supporter of the view that the province of
Québecshould remain within the Canadian federalsystem; an opponent of Québec‐based separatismor sovereigns.
- adjective Of or relating to federalism, or its advocates.
- adjective Someone who strongly believes in federalism
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- noun a member of a former political party in the United States that favored a strong centralized federal government
- noun an advocate of federalism
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I still wonder, however, whether she might abandon certain federalist principles once she comes under heavy and sustained fire from the nattering nabobs Inside the Beltway.
Not infrequently, a man described as a genuine federalist is thought, by that term, to be one for whom the federal government alone is responsible for the national interest.
Former clerk Charles Cooper calls his federalist agenda a "modest revolution."
There are always going to be in-jokes Leonard Leo's gag welcoming "elusive guests, members of that little known, secret conspiracy that we like to call the federalist society".
The NYT pronounces the Federalist Society annual meeting "somber." Ann Althouse 2006
But wouldn't you say that the Oregon case really is a test case for whether the so-called federalist revival means anything.
Marijuana, federalism, rhetoric. Ann Althouse 2005
 In the American constitution those states only are termed federalist (the name being here used to imply a democratic character) in which the people assemble for such a legislative purpose, whilst the states with representative popular government are called republics.
If a federalist was my auditor, he would listen all day to that part of my story which related to the capture by the French privateer; while it was _vice versâ_ with the democrats.
Miles Wallingford Sequel to "Afloat and Ashore" James Fenimore Cooper 1820
This argument comes from a so-called federalist government.
Dr Roy's Thoughts Roy Eappen 2010
"I'm not sure why they would be pushing so hard for it, especially a guy like Ted Olson who is known as a federalist, as somebody who stays true to the text of the Constitution and seems to be right on a lot of these issues," said Krause.
On the case at hand, Ann's said before that she's skeptical about Scalia's commitment to federalism relative to the other members of what we might call the federalist five, and I read an absolutely terrific article about a year ago -- I wish I could remember who wrote it or where it appeared -- that produced a systematic study of each of those Justice's positions concluding that Scalia was by far the most nationally-inclined of them.