con·​fed·​er·​a·​tion | \kən-ˌfe-də-ˈrā-shən \

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

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Cañedo could inflate the price of selling the TV rights to other confederations, meaning FIFA had the opportunity to pocket a hefty sum of money., "World Cup Countdown: 8 Weeks to Go - How Colombia Withdrew From Hosting the 1986 World Cup," 27 Apr. 2018 Or Europe’s challenges could be resolved by reducing the EU to a confederation, which is what the European project was in the 1950s. Michael Kimmage, New Republic, "What Happened to the European Union?," 8 Jan. 2018 When the Puritans arrived in North America in the 1620s and 1630s, the Narragansetts—really a confederation of tribes—were mostly peaceable, subsisting on fishing, trapping, farming and handicrafts. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, "‘God, War, and Providence’ Review: When Conquest Was Puritanical," 13 June 2018 South America, one of soccer’s strongest confederations, will get 6 spots instead of 4.5, and Europe will go to 16 from 13. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "Coming Soon to the World Cup: More Drubbings," 25 June 2018 Under reforms instituted in the wake of a 2015 corruption scandal, the 37-member FIFA Council includes a female representative from each of the six confederations and a female secretary general. Steven Goff,, "U.S. women's soccer is one year from the World Cup. It seems closer for coach Jill Ellis.," 12 July 2018 The continent of Africa holds FIFA’s largest confederation. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "2026 World Cup vote: Does the United Bid or Morocco hold the advantage?," 11 June 2018 That leaves just Mexico and Japan from outside the two historically dominant confederations. Rory Smith, New York Times, "This Is When the World Cup Surprises End. Usually.," 29 June 2018 The six tribes covered by the bill were part of the Powhatan Nation, a confederation of eastern Virginia tribes known for Pocahontas who, according to legend, saved the life of Capt. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Senate sends bill recognizing six Virginia Indian tribes to President Trump’s desk," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of confederation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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