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

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This qualification round, Australia beat Honduras in the inter-confederation playoff match. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "World Cup schedule, how to watch and other things to know," 13 June 2018 The Brazilian soccer confederation said the injury was not serious, adding that Neymar left as a precaution and was expected to be back for training on Wednesday. New York Times, "Neymar Leaves Brazil Practice With Pain in Foot," 19 June 2018 Winners of the inter-confederation playoff matchups are determined by an aggregate system of points scored. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "World Cup schedule, how to watch and other things to know," 13 June 2018 Yes, Europe gets more teams than each of the other five confederations. Brian Straus,, "The Factors and Figures Behind Europe's World Cup Dominance Trend," 8 July 2018 The price of steel in lira has more than doubled since January 2017, according to data compiled by the building confederation. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Building Boom Unravels, Deepening Turkey’s Economic Crisis," 11 Sep. 2018 Not the self, not society – but the little malleable confederation that lies between the two. Charles Finch, USA TODAY, "Time heals family wounds in Anne Tyler's lovely new novel, 'Clock Dance'," 9 July 2018 Ten European nations reached the round of 16, the most for a single confederation since 1990. Kevin Baxter,, "World Cup's knockout phase gives teams a second chance at greatness," 29 June 2018 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

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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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