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 Behind Ceferin there is a confederation of governments and executives and players and fans, all of whom have made plain their objection to soccer’s inexorable journey down this same path. New York Times, "The Super League Is Gone. What Now?," 23 Apr. 2021 One of the many topics tackled at the conference was an exploration of a Palestinian-Israeli confederation as a means of preserving the two-state solution. Ron Kampeas,, "J Street conference: Abbas ready to ‘remove obstacles’ to relations with U.S.," 21 Apr. 2021 In 2017, Ahmad had uprooted CAF’s longest-serving president, Issa Hayatou, who had ruled the confederation with an iron fist for 29 years. Daniel Ekonde, Quartz, "Africa’s new soccer boss has inherited an unholy mess," 23 Mar. 2021 His backers have presented Motsepe as a game changer, who will take charge of a confederation long bedeviled by endemic corruption and antiquated thinking. Samindra Kunti, Forbes, "Billionaire Mining Magnate Patrice Motsepe Now Africa’s Soccer Boss," 12 Mar. 2021 Hailing from the White River pack in Oregon, OR-93 was fitted with a tracking collar last June by federal wildlife officials and a confederation of Native American tribes. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "A rare gray wolf trekked from Oregon to California’s Central Sierra. Not everyone is thrilled," 26 Feb. 2021 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

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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 13 May. 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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