- The definition of a confederation is an alliance or a group of people or nations with shared goals.
An example of a confederation was the group of southern states that joined together to fight the rest of the states in the U.S.
confederation definition by Webster's New World
- a uniting or being united in a league or alliance
- a league or alliance; specif., independent nations or states joined in a league or confederacy whose central authority is usually confined to common defense and limited political cooperation
Origin: Middle English confederacion ; from Late Latin confoederatio: see confederate
confederation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act of forming into or becoming part of a confederacy.b. The state of being confederated.
- A group of confederates, especially of states or nations, united for a common purpose; a league.
- Confederationa. 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. The federal union of all the Canadian provinces and territories, the most recent member being Newfoundland in 1949.
- con·fedˌer·aˈtion·ism noun
- con·fedˌer·aˈtion·ist noun
confederation - Cultural Definition
A group of nations or states, or a government encompassing several states or political divisions, in which the component states retain considerable independence. The members of a confederation often delegate only a few powers to the central authority.
- The United States was governed as a confederation in the first few years of its independence (see Articles of Confederation).
- Canada is officially a confederation of provinces.
confederation - Phrases/Idioms
- the United States of America (1781-89) under the Articles of Confederation
- the union of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick in 1867 to form the Dominion of Canada