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federalist Syllabification: fed·er·al·ist
Pronunciation: /ˈfed(ə)rələst/

Definition of federalist in English:


1A person who advocates or supports a system of government in which several states unite under a central authority: the ideas of the European federalists
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  • Two parties, the Federalist and the Centralists, quickly appeared, and in 1833 the liberal federalist Santa Anna emerged as President.
  • He believed in a strong central government and was a federalist.
  • Smaller countries like Belgium and the Netherlands are both keen federalists as their political standing can only increase in a United States of Europe.
2 (Federalist) US A member or supporter of the Federalist Party: they captured both the legislative and the executive branches of the federal government from the Federalists
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  • Washington's successor John Adams was a staunch Federalist from Massachusetts.
  • As his presidency progressed he came to distance himself more and more from the High Federalists; by the time he retired he was a Federalist in name only.
  • The Quaker, an ardent Federalist, aided Antifederalist opposition to the Constitution by repeatedly raising objections to the slave trade clause.


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1Relating to or denoting a system of government in which several states unite under a central authority: the federalist structure of the American system of government
2 (Federalist) US Designating or pertaining to the Federalist Party: it was not a weapon that could reach the Federalist judges
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  • The country's second, third, and fourth cities lay in these recalcitrant districts, so the Federalist challenge could scarcely be brushed aside.
  • The two families were also frequently selected and elected as political representatives of Federalist and then Whig conservatism.
  • William Coleman, Federalist editor of the New-York Evening Post, published an account of the incident in his paper two days later.

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