Definition of coalition
1a : the act of coalescing : union the coalition of water vapor into raindropsb : 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.
coalitionistplay \-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.
Recent Examples of coalition from the Web
Gen. Stephen Townsend acknowledged days later that coalition aircraft bombed the school but said preliminary intelligence indicated the victims were IS militants occupying the building, not refugees.
Engage Cuba identifies itself as a coalition of private companies and organizations working to end the travel and trade embargo on Cuba.
The group, which was ousted by a U.S.-led military coalition following the attacks of September 11, 2001, has remained a major threat to the Afghan government and has grown in strength in recent years.
However, many in both Iraq and Syria are concerned about how the forces made powerful by the coalition will leverage their influence and arms once the Islamic State group has been vanquished.
The U.S.-led coalition has repeatedly praised Iraqi forces for showing respect for human life in the Mosul fight, but there have been instances of high civilian casualties due to the use of artillery and airstrikes.
The coalition is in turn aided by the United States, which has been providing weapons and crucial logistical support to the Saudi Kingdom and its allies in their fight against the Houthi-Saleh forces since March 2015.
Livable Lake County, a coalition that opposes the extension, has charged that moving ahead with the project violates the Illinois Tollway Act, in part because there is no Lake County representative on the board.
The coalition pushed governments to adopt military rules of engagement that protect health facilities, to train military forces to obey those rules and to ensure that perpetrators were held accountable.
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Origin and Etymology of coalition
French, from Latin coalescere —see coalesce
First Known Use: 1604
COALITION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coalition for English Language Learners
: 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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