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federal

1. of or relating to a form of government or a country in which power is divided between one central and several regional governments
2. of or relating to a treaty between provinces, states, etc., that establishes a political unit in which power is so divided
3. of or relating to the central government of a federation
4. (of a university) comprised of relatively independent colleges
5. a supporter of federal union or federation

Federal

1. characteristic of or supporting the Union government during the American Civil War
2. a supporter of the Union government during the American Civil War
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We have assigned pluses to the "nays" because this legislation would further federalize the criminal code as well as punish not only criminal acts but the thoughts behind them.
We have assigned pluses to the "nays" because the bill would further federalize the educational system, and federal aid to education is unconstitutional.
They argue that the Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution essentially federalizes the issue; hence a constitutional amendment is necessary.