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of, relating to, or maintained by a as an organized whole or independent political unit:
national affairs.
owned, preserved, or maintained by the federal government:
a national wildlife refuge.
peculiar or common to the whole people of a country:
national customs.
devoted to one’s own , its interests, etc.; patriotic:
to stir up national pride.
concerning or encompassing an entire :
a national radio network.
limited to one .
a citizen or subject of a particular who is entitled to its protection:
U.S. nationals living abroad.
Often, nationals. a national competition, tournament, or the like:
We’re invited to Minneapolis for the nationals.
a national company or organization.
Contemporary Examples

Managing editor for national security R. Jeffrey Smith contributed to this article.
Fired From Los Alamos for Pushing Obama’s Nuclear Agenda Center for Public Integrity July 30, 2014

The Birthers were back in force at the national Tea Party Convention in Nashville.
The ‘Birthers’ Began on the Left John Avlon February 7, 2010

“I pursued a career in national security with the motivation of improving the national security policy of my country,” he said.
Fired From Los Alamos for Pushing Obama’s Nuclear Agenda Center for Public Integrity July 30, 2014

But Davis argues that Britain did so only when it realized it served its “national honor.”
How Blacks Freed Themselves from Slavery Eric Herschthal February 17, 2014

Arvind went on to reach the top three at the national finals once again.
Queens Phenom Goes for Redemption at National Spelling Bee Finals Michael Daly March 21, 2013

Historical Examples

What have I or those I represent to do with your national independence?
Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence Various

The sentiment in the mind of every citizen is national strength.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various

The program concludes with vigorous measures for national defense.
Socialism As It Is William English Walling

The national purpose is indicated through a national election.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various

He would be glad could he feast but one eye on this bit of national glory.
And Even Now Max Beerbohm

of, involving, or relating to a nation as a whole
of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular nation: the national dress of Poland
(rare) nationalistic or patriotic
a citizen or subject
a national newspaper
the National, short for the Grand National

1590s, from Middle French national (from Old French nation), and also from nation + -al (1). As a noun, “citizen of a (particular) nation,” from 1887. National anthem first recorded 1819, in Shelley. Related: Nationally.


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