con·​fed·​er·​al kən-ˈfe-d(ə-)rəl How to pronounce confederal (audio)
: of or relating to a confederation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 1999, Belarus and Russia signed a treaty that committed them to merging into a confederal state at some future point. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Two-state solutions, one-state solutions, confederal arrangements with Jordan or even Jordan and Syria—nothing has worked. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 17 May 2021 What amount to marks the city councils have ordered the removal of confederal monuments from public spaces, removing history altogether, rather than allowing the next generation to see it, interpret it and yes, debate it. Fox News, 27 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of confederal was in 1780

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Cite this Entry

“Confederal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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