Definition of federalist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfed(ə)rələst/


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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  • In 1984, on the basis of a report put together by an Italian MEP and committed federalist, the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved a Draft Treaty on European Union.
  • The problem is, historically you can't form a majority government without strong support in Quebec and even Quebec federalists may be reluctant to support the premier in a situation like that.
  • The European federalists wanted to subordinate national governments to an overarching federal authority.
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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  • Federalists, Madison worried, might be able to use some of his notes to their political advantage.
  • A staunch Federalist, Lee defended the Constitution at the 1788 Virginia ratifying convention.
  • Under the new government, Pinckney became a devoted Federalist.


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
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  • All the while we remain in the EU, our federalist politicians in all three of the old parties will feel obliged to support Germany and France.
  • If you want to have the continuation of a recognition that the states have some rights under these federalist principles that the Supreme Court established, then you need to vote for our candidate.
  • The role of the federal government in such a local concern is justifiably limited by 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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  • Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton was the master politician of the Federalist Party.
  • Instead, President George Washington commissioned the Federalist John Jay to negotiate a settlement.
  • In 1798, the Federalist Congress passed four laws to check a perceived French threat during the Undeclared Naval War with France.

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Syllabification: fed·er·al·ist

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