confederation

noun
con·​fed·​er·​a·​tion | \ kən-ˌfe-də-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce confederation (audio) \

Definition of confederation

1 : an act of confederating : a state of being confederated : alliance
2 : league

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Examples of confederation in a Sentence

the smaller nations were forced to form a confederation out of self-defense the big-budget movie was produced by the studio in confederation with another in order to lower the risk
Recent Examples on the Web The top six teams in the confederation as of June 2020 will earn a spot in the team’s competition for the three automatic bids into the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Exploria Stadium to host USMNT Concacaf League of Nations match against Canada," 20 Sep. 2019 Dulse Diaz, the confederation's spokesperson, said 20,000 trucks cross the border at La Jonquera every day in both directions. NBC News, "Catalan separatists block major Spain-France road link," 12 Nov. 2019 Besides the unknowns surrounding the government in Ottawa, new unknowns were emerging Monday night about the role of Quebec in Canada’s confederation. David Shribman, Los Angeles Times, "Justin Trudeau wins tight Canadian election, but he’ll need a coalition to govern," 21 Oct. 2019 In consequence, articles of confederation, fittingly written by the same John Dickinson who had suggested federalism within the Empire, were brought forward within the week following the act of separation. Thomas Wendel, National Review, "The Beginning of a Nation," 4 July 2019 For the first time, seven of the eight quarterfinalists in the Women’s World Cup are from the same confederation, in this case UEFA. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "25 of 29 World Cup video reviews have overturned calls on the field," 26 June 2019 View Photos The incident spurred the creation of Senegambia, a loose confederation between Senegal and Gambia that lasted for eight years and rekindled long-standing discussions of a potential union between the two countries. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Dawda Jawara, Gambian founding father who led country for 24 years, dies at 95," 29 Aug. 2019 Not bad for a country where women’s soccer was repeatedly banned, only to be accepted when UEFA made a women’s team mandatory for membership in the confederation. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Netherlands looks to add Women’s World Cup title to European championship," 4 July 2019 The incident spurred the creation of Senegambia, a loose confederation between Senegal and Gambia that lasted for eight years. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Dawda Jawara, Gambian founding father who led country for 24 years, dies at 95," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of confederation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Confederation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confederation. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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confederation

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English Language Learners Definition of confederation

: a group of people, countries, organizations, etc., that are joined together in some activity or effort

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