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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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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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 The lawyer introduced himself as the president of a confederation of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean entrepreneurs, but had no office. Winston Ross, Newsweek, "Odd School Ties: Islamic University Creates Backlash in Italy," 25 May 2015 The Brazilian soccer confederation later said Marcelo only had a back spasm and was fine. Frank Griffiths, Houston Chronicle, "Brazil advances, faces Mexico next in round of 16 at World Cup," 28 June 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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