Definitions for Federationˌfɛd əˈreɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fed•er•a•tionˌfɛd əˈreɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of federating or uniting in a league.

    Category: Government

  2. the formation of a political unity, with a central government, by a number of separate states, each of which retains control of its own internal affairs.

    Category: Government

  3. a league or confederacy.

    Category: Government

  4. a federated body formed by a number of nations, societies, etc.

    Category: Government

Origin of federation:

1715–25; < LL

Princeton's WordNet

  1. federation(noun)

    an organization formed by merging several groups or parties

  2. confederation, confederacy, federation(noun)

    a union of political organizations

  3. federation(noun)

    the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs

Wiktionary

  1. federation(Noun)

    Act of joining together into a single political entity.

    It is 106 years since federation.

  2. federation(Noun)

    Array of nations or states that are unified under one central authority which is elected by its members.

  3. federation(Noun)

    Any society or organisation formed from separate groups or bodies.

  4. federation(Adjective)

    Of an architectural style popular around the time of federation.

    We live in a federation house.

  5. Origin: From fédération, from foederatio, from foederare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Federation(noun)

    the act of uniting in a league; confederation

  2. Federation(noun)

    a league; a confederacy; a federal or confederated government

Freebase

  1. Federation

    A federation, also known as a federal state, is a political entity characterized by a union of partially self-governing states or regions united by a central government. In a federation, the self-governing status of the component states, as well as the division of power between them and the central government, are typically constitutionally entrenched and may not be altered by a unilateral decision of the states. The governmental or constitutional structure found in a federation is known as federalism. It can be considered the opposite of another system, the unitary state. Germany with sixteen Länder is an example of a federation, whereas neighboring Austria and its Bundesländer was a unitary state with administrative divisions that became federated, and neighboring France by contrast has always been unitary. Federations may be multi-ethnic and cover a large area of territory, although neither is necessarily the case. The initial agreements create a stability that encourages other common interests, reduces differences between the disparate territories, and gives them all even more common ground. At some time this is recognized and a movement is organized to merge more closely. At other times, especially when common cultural factors are at play such as ethnicity and language, some of the steps in this pattern are expedited and compressed.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Federation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4239

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Federation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4760

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Federation' in Nouns Frequency: #1687


Translations for Federation

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

federation(noun)

people, societies, unions, states etc joined together for a common purpose

the International Federation of Actors.

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