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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.
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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


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history US the original 13 states of the United States of America constituted under the Articles of Confederation and superseded by the more formal union established in 1789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
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(kənˌfɛd əˈreɪ ʃən)

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.
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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
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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:
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اتِّحادُ دُوَل
sambandsmyndun; bandalag
birleşmiş devletler topluluğukonfederasyon


[kənˌfedəˈreɪʃən] Nconfederación f
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[kənˌfɛdəˈreɪʃən] nconfédération f
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(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
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[kənˌfɛdəˈreɪʃn] nconfederazione f
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(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.
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