Definitions for confederationkənˌfɛd əˈreɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•fed•er•a•tion*kənˌfɛd əˈreɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of confederating.

  2. the state of being confederated.

  3. a league or alliance.

    Category: Government

  4. a group of confederates, esp. of states more or less permanently united for common purposes.

    Category: Government

  5. the Confederation, the union of the 13 original U.S. states under the Articles of Confederation 1781–89.

    Category: American History

  6. (cap.) the Canadian federation of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, formed in 1867 and since joined by six more provinces.

    Category: American History

* Syn: See alliance.

Origin of confederation:

1375–1425; late ME < LL

Princeton's WordNet

  1. alliance, confederation(noun)

    the state of being allied or confederated

  2. confederation, confederacy, federation(noun)

    a union of political organizations

  3. confederation, alliance(noun)

    the act of forming an alliance or confederation


  1. confederation(Noun)

    A union or alliance of states or political organizations.

  2. confederation(Noun)

    The act of forming an alliance.

  3. Confederation(ProperNoun)

    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.

  4. Confederation(ProperNoun)

    In Newfoundland, the political union of Newfoundland with Canada.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confederation(noun)

    the act of confederating; a league; a compact for mutual support; alliance, particularly of princes, nations, or states

  2. Confederation(noun)

    the parties that are confederated, considered as a unit; a confederacy


  1. Confederation

    A confederation, is a permanent union of political units for common action in relation to other units. Usually created by treaty but often later adopting a common constitution, confederations tend to be established for dealing with critical issues, with the central government being required to provide support for all members. The nature of the relationship among the states constituting a confederation varies considerably. Likewise, the relationship between the member states, the central government, and the distribution of powers among them is highly variable. Some looser confederations are similar to intergovernmental organizations and even may permit secession from the confederation. Other confederations with stricter rules may resemble federations. A unitary state or federation may decentralize powers to regional or local entities in a confederal form. In a non-political context, confederation is used to describe a type of organization which consolidates authority from other autonomous bodies. Examples include sports confederations or confederations of pan-European trades unions. In Canada, the word confederation has an additional, unrelated meaning. "Confederation" refers to the process of establishing or joining the Canadian federal state.

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(the forming of) a league or alliance, especially of states etc.

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