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con·fed·er·a·tion

 (kən-fĕd′ə-rā′shən)
n.
1.
a. The act of forming into or becoming part of a confederacy.
b. The state of being confederated.
2. A group of confederates, especially of states or nations, united for a common purpose; a league.
3. Confederation
a. The union of the British North American colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada, brought about July 1, 1867, under the name Dominion of Canada.
b. Federal union of all the Canadian provinces and territories.

con·fed′er·a′tion·ism n.
con·fed′er·a′tion·ist n.

confederation

(kənˌfɛdəˈreɪʃən)
n
1. the act or process of confederating or the state of being confederated
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a loose alliance of political units. The union of the Swiss cantons is the oldest surviving confederation. Compare federation
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (esp in Canada) another name for federation
conˌfederˈationˌism n
conˌfederˈationist n
conˈfederative adj

Confederation

(kənˌfɛdəˈreɪʃən)
n
1. (Historical Terms) the Confederation history US the original 13 states of the United States of America constituted under the Articles of Confederation and superseded by the more formal union established in 1789
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the federation of Canada, formed with four original provinces in 1867 and since joined by eight more

con•fed•er•a•tion

(kənˌfɛd əˈreɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of confederating.
2. the state of being confederated.
3. a league or alliance.
4. a group of confederates, esp. of states more or less permanently united for common purposes.
5. the Confederation, the union of the 13 original U.S. states under the Articles of Confederation 1781–89.
6. (cap.) the Canadian federation of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, formed in 1867 and since joined by six more provinces.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin]
syn: See alliance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.confederation - the state of being allied or confederatedconfederation - the state of being allied or confederated
coalition, fusion - the state of being combined into one body
2.confederation - a union of political organizations
nation - a federation of tribes (especially Native American tribes); "the Shawnee nation"
Creek Confederacy - a North American Indian confederacy organized by the Muskogee that dominated the southeastern part of the United States before being removed to Oklahoma
Hanseatic League - a commercial and defensive confederation of free cities in northern Germany and surrounding areas; formed in 1241 and most influential in the 14th century when it included over 100 towns and functioned as an independent political power; the last official assembly was held in 1669
union - a political unit formed from previously independent people or organizations; "the Soviet Union"
3.confederation - the act of forming an alliance or confederationconfederation - the act of forming an alliance or confederation
group action - action taken by a group of people

confederation

noun
1. An association, especially of nations for a common cause:
2. A group of people united in a relationship and having some interest, activity, or purpose in common:
Translations
اتِّحادُ دُوَل
konfederacespojení
forbundsammenslutning
sambandsmyndun; bandalag
birleşmiş devletler topluluğukonfederasyon

confederation

[kənˌfedəˈreɪʃən] Nconfederación f

confederation

[kənˌfɛdəˈreɪʃən] nconfédération f

confederation

n
(Pol) (= alliance)Bündnis nt, → Bund m; (= system of government)Staatenbund m, → Konföderation f; the Swiss Confederationdie Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft
(= association)Bund m; Confederation of British IndustryVerband mder britischen Industrie

confederation

[kənˌfɛdəˈreɪʃn] nconfederazione f

confederate

(kənˈfedərət) noun
a person who has agreed to work with others (eg on something dishonest). He and his confederates were found with stolen money in their possession.
conˈfederacy (-rəsi) plural conˈfederacies noun
a league or alliance (of states etc).
conˌfedeˈration noun
(the forming of) a league or alliance, especially of states etc.
References in classic literature ?
After a hundred years of growth, the Republic was still a loose confederation of separate States, rather than one great united nation.
On the contrary, that same assembly which issued the Declaration of Independence, instead of continuing to act in the name and by the authority of the good people of the United States, had, immediately after the appointment of the committee to prepare the Declaration, appointed another committee, of one member from each colony, to prepare and digest the form of confederation to be entered into between the colonies.
It was further matured, and the faith of all the then thirteen States expressly plighted and engaged that it should be perpetual, by the Articles of Confederation in 1778.
THE UTILITY OF THE UNION TO YOUR POLITICAL PROSPERITY THE INSUFFICIENCY OF THE PRESENT CONFEDERATION TO PRESERVE THAT UNION THE NECESSITY OF A GOVERNMENT AT LEAST EQUALLY ENERGETIC WITH THE ONE PROPOSED, TO THE ATTAINMENT OF THIS OBJECT THE CONFORMITY OF THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION TO THE TRUE PRINCIPLES OF REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT ITS ANALOGY TO YOUR OWN STATE CONSTITUTION and lastly, THE ADDITIONAL SECURITY WHICH ITS ADOPTION WILL AFFORD TO THE PRESERVATION OF THAT SPECIES OF GOVERNMENT, TO LIBERTY, AND TO PROPERTY.
IN REVIEWING the defects of the existing Confederation, and showing that they cannot be supplied by a government of less energy than that before the public, several of the most important principles of the latter fell of course under consideration.
They consisted of the tribes or, as their allies were fond of asserting, in order to raise their consequence, of the several nations of the Mohawks, the Oneidas, the Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas; who ranked, in the confederation in the order in which they are named.
All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.
During that triumvirate of kings, King Henry the Eighth of England, Francis the First King of France, and Charles the Fifth Emperor, there was such a watch kept, that none of the three could win a palm of ground, but the other two would straightways balance it, either by confederation, or, if need were, by a war; and would not in any wise take up peace at interest.
But the preparations of the Confederation of Eastern Asia had been on an altogether more colossal scale than the German.
Was the will of the Confederation of the Rhine transferred to Napoleon in 1806?
The Germanic Confederation pledged itself to 34,285 florins.
But now the Frisco teamsters and the whole Frisco Water Front Confederation is liable to back us up.
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