confederation[kən fed′ər ā′s̸hən]
- 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.
- 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 of confederationMiddle English confederacion ; from Late Latin confoederatio: see confederate
- 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
- 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. Federal union of all the Canadian provinces and territories.
Middle French confédération, from Old French confederacion, from Latin confoederatio.
- In Canada, the federal union of provinces and territories which formed Canada, beginning with New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec, and later including all the others.
- In Canada, the date of Confederation; 1 July 1867.
- In Newfoundland, the political union of Newfoundland with Canada.
- In Newfoundland, the date of Confederation; 31 March 1949.