co·​a·​li·​tion | \ˌkō-ə-ˈli-shən \

Definition of coalition 

1a : the act of coalescing : union the coalition of water vapor into raindrops

b : a body formed by the coalescing of originally distinct elements : combination They formed a coalition with downtown merchants.

2 : a temporary alliance of distinct parties, persons, or states for joint action A multiparty coalition ruled the country.

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Other Words from coalition

coalitionist \-​ˈli-​sh(ə-​)nist \ noun

Examples of coalition in a Sentence

The groups united to form a coalition. A multiparty coalition ruled the country. The group is working in coalition with other environmental groups.
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That’s the kind of behavior that could be important in a species where males live closely together, dealing with the thorniness of competing for mates in order to reap the benefits that come from coalitions with other males. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Some clues about why male Guinea baboons fondle each other’s genitals," 18 Nov. 2018 The coalition’s final demand — that Facebook equally enforces its standards worldwide — is much more difficult to evaluate. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Facebook admits it screwed up on Myanmar — but it refuses to take all the blame," 6 Nov. 2018 Students within the coalition asked to remain anonymous so as not to give one student’s voice preference over the other. Tanay Warerkar, Curbed, "Yale School of Architecture exhibition questions gender disparity in the industry," 18 Oct. 2018 But that doesn't mean that coalition is evenly represented, that the disparities between them doesn't exist. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Laverne Cox and Rosario Dawson Go Deep on Intersectional Feminism," 8 Oct. 2018 Turnbull's leadership was weakened by the 2016 election that left his coalition with a single-seat majority in the House of Representatives. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "Turnbull long under attack from own party's conservatives," 21 Aug. 2018 The coalition scored a victory when the city council voted to allow a pilot backyard-chicken program, and in March 2009 issued permits to 50 residents, including Halward. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018 Najib's arrest comes nearly two months after his coalition's stunning rejection by voters in a May 9 general election. Eileen Ng, The Christian Science Monitor, "Former Malaysian leader arrested for theft, money laundering," 3 July 2018 Among the members of this coalition is a kennel that supplies greyhounds to racing facilities in Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and a slew of Greyhound adoption organizations. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Environmental Measures on the 2018 Midterm Election Ballots You Should Know About," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of coalition

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coalition

French, from Latin coalescere — see coalesce

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The first known use of coalition was in 1604

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English Language Learners Definition of coalition

: a group of people, groups, or countries who have joined together for a common purpose

: the action or process of joining together with another or others for a common purpose

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