What does Confederation mean?

Definitions for Confederation
kənˌfɛd əˈreɪ ʃəncon·fed·er·a·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alliance, confederationnoun

    the state of being allied or confederated

  2. confederation, confederacy, federationnoun

    a union of political organizations

  3. confederation, alliancenoun

    the act of forming an alliance or confederation


  1. confederationnoun

    A union or alliance of states or political organizations.

  2. confederationnoun

    The act of forming an alliance.

  3. Confederationnoun

    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. Confederationnoun

    In Newfoundland, the political union of Newfoundland with Canada.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Confederationnoun

    League; compact of mutual support; alliance.

    Etymology: confederation, French.

    The three princes enter into some strict league and confederation amongst themselves. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Nor can those confederations or designs be durable, when subjects make bankrupt of their allegiance. Charles I .


  1. Confederation

    A confederation (also known as a confederacy or league) is a union of sovereign groups or states united for purposes of common action. Usually created by a treaty, confederations of states tend to be established for dealing with critical issues, such as defence, foreign relations, internal trade or currency, with the central government being required to provide support for all its members. Confederalism represents a main form of intergovernmentalism, defined as any form of interaction around states that takes place on the basis of sovereign independence or government. The nature of the relationship among the member states constituting a confederation varies considerably. Likewise, the relationship between the member states and the general government and their distribution of powers varies. Some looser confederations are similar to international organisations. Other confederations with stricter rules may resemble federal systems. Since the member states of a confederation retain their sovereignty, they have an implicit right of secession. The political philosopher Emmerich de Vattel said: "Several sovereign and independent states may unite themselves together by a perpetual confederacy without each, in particular, ceasing to be a perfect state.... The deliberations in common will offer no violence to the sovereignty of each member".Under a confederation, compared to a federal state, the central authority is relatively weak. Decisions made by the general government in a unicameral legislature, a council of the member states, require subsequent implementation by the member states to take effect; they are not laws acting directly upon the individual but have more the character of interstate agreements. Also, decision-making in the general government usually proceeds by consensus (unanimity), not by the majority. Historically, those features limit the union's effectiveness. Hence, political pressure tends to build over time for the transition to a federal system of government, as in the American, Swiss and German cases of regional integration.


  1. confederation

    A confederation is a union of independent entities, usually states or nations, that come together for certain common purposes such as defense or trade. The central authority in a confederation is typically weak, with most of the power residing in the individual entities. Each entity retains its sovereignty and independence and can usually leave the union at will.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confederationnoun

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

  2. Confederationnoun

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

  3. Etymology: [L. confoederatio: cf. F. confdration.]


  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Confederation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Confederation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Confederation in a Sentence

  1. Masrour Barzani:

    Federation hasn't worked, so it has to be either confederation or full separation, if we have three confederated states, we will have equal three capitals, so one is not above the other.

  2. William Richardson Davie:

    So low and hopeless are the finances of the United States, that, the year before last Congress was obliged to borrow money even, to pay the interest of the principal which we had borrowed before. This wretched resource of turning interest into principal, is the most humiliating and disgraceful measure that a nation could take, and approximates with rapidity to absolute ruin: Yet it is the inevitable and certain consequence of such a system as the existing Confederation.

  3. Prince Ali:

    I have always promoted cross-regional understanding, however the timing of this MOU between the AFC and the CAF looks like a blatant attempt to engineer a bloc vote, africa’s proud football associations are not for sale and development resources belonging to national football associations should not be used by presidential candidates and confederation presidents for political expediency.

  4. John Adams:

    All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, so much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.

  5. Alfredo Hawit:

    The foundation of our game is fair play, and we must take the required steps to reinforce the importance of this principle, this review will allow the Confederation to take the next step towards improving refereeing across the region.

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