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 Being part of a wider unit—nation or confederation—means looking after the people and communities that make up that unit. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Why Britain’s Brexit Mayhem Was Worth It," 24 Dec. 2020 Through sheer force of personality, Tecumseh managed to forge a sprawling confederation of Native Americans and make a series of demands – many of them necessarily at gunpoint – for the return of tribal lands and the honoring of treaties. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Tecumseh and the Prophet’ shines a light on Native American resistance," 14 Dec. 2020 Local sachemships were the locus of people’s daily lives and the most stable political unit, whereas the paramount sachemship was a regional confederation that ebbed and flowed according to shared needs and strong, charismatic leaders. National Geographic, "Massasoit's strategic diplomacy kept peace with the Pilgrims for decades," 19 Nov. 2020 With Squanto serving as translator, the Pilgrims negotiated a peace treaty with Massasoit, leader of the Wampanoag—a loose confederation of several area tribes, including the now-extinct Patuxet. Scott Eisen, National Geographic, "400 years on, the Pilgrims get a reality check," 11 Nov. 2020 Around noon the largest union confederation, the Central Obrera Boliviana, broke ranks with the government and asked the president to resign. Alma Guillermoprieto, The New York Review of Books, "Bolivia’s Tarnished Savior," 5 Nov. 2020 At the time of the order, the aid confederation Oxfam noted that social distancing and good hygiene were all but impossible at the camp, given its squalid and cramped conditions. Washington Post, "Fire destroys Europe’s largest migrant camp, which had been under coronavirus lockdown," 9 Sep. 2020 To be clear, the Israel-UAE deal is a meaningful foreign policy achievement even if no other Arab state follows the lead of the Gulf confederation. Noah Feldman Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "Trump, Kushner just produced a Mideast peace breakthrough," 2 Sep. 2020 In recent years a growing number of Palestinians and their supporters have suggested abandoning the two-state solution in favor of a single binational state for Jews and Palestinians or some kind of Israeli-Palestinian confederation. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Palestinian leaders stay the course as crises mount," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of confederation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Confederation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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