our federalism n[from the language of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Younger v. Harris , 401 U.S. 37 (1971), which proclaimed that “Our Federalism” represents “a system in which there is sensitivity to the legitimate interests of both State and National Government … ”]
: a doctrine in federal jurisprudence that limits federal interference in state civil and esp. criminal proceedings out of respect for the interests and policies of the states
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.