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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confederationnoun

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

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

  2. Confederationnoun

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

    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. Margaret Hilda Thatcher:

    I have made it quite clear that a unified Ireland was one solution that is out. A second solution was a confederation of two states. That is out. A third solution was joint authority. That is out-that is a derogation of sovereignty.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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