Confederation definition

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A uniting or being united in a league or alliance.
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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.
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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.

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A group of confederates, especially of states or nations, united for a common purpose; a league.
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The act of forming into or becoming part of a confederacy.
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The state of being confederated.
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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.
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Federal union of all the Canadian provinces and territories.
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A union or alliance of states or political organizations.
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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.
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In Newfoundland, the political union of Newfoundland with Canada.
  • In Newfoundland, the date of Confederation; 31 March 1949.
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The act of forming an alliance.
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the Confederation
  • 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
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
confederation
Plural:
confederations

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Confederation

Origin of confederation

  • Middle French confédération, from Old French confederacion, from Latin confoederatio.

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