Black's Law Dictionary, Fourth Edition, 1968, p. 1176
The government of a whole nation, as distinguished from that
of a local or territorial division of the nation, and also as distinguished
form that of a league or confederation.
“A national government
is a government of the people of a single state or nation, united as
a community by what is termed the “social compact,’ and possessing complete
and perfect supremacy over persons and things, so far as they can be
made the lawful objects of civil government.
A federal government is distinguished from a national government
by its being the government of a community of independent and sovereign
states, united by compact.”
Piqua Branch Bank v. Knoup, 6 Ohio St. 393.”
[Black’s Law Dictionary,
Revised Fourth Edition, 1968, p. 1176]
Jurisdictions: "National" government v. "Federal/general" government