- the act of confederating.
- the state of being confederated.
- a league or alliance.
- a group of confederates, especially of states more or less permanently united for common purposes.
- the Confederation, the union of the 13 original U.S. states under the Articles of Confederation 1781–89.
- (initial capital letter) the federation of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, formed in 1867 and constituting the Dominion of Canada.
Origin of confederation
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Examples from the Web for confederation
The Articles of Confederation had required nine of the 13 states to pass most items, and it was a disaster.Going Nuclear
November 22, 2013
I saw it in "Quotation", a group show at the Confederation Center of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.Reflecting on Genius
October 18, 2013
The more daring among them even talk about federation or confederation, possibly including the Kingdom of Jordan.One State Can Be a Credible Alternative
September 27, 2013
Instead, the two colonies were joined in a confederation, with separate legislatures.What Canada's History Teaches Us About the Feasibility of the One-State Paradigm
September 24, 2013
Such was the state of things when the Confederation was adopted.
The shackles imposed on this power, in the Confederation, are discarded.
But no forces were available for the protection of the property of the Confederation.Union and Democracy
As it was, several States refused to enter into the confederation at first.The Arena
This confederation scheme, however, has not yet been accomplished.Up To Date Business
- the Confederation US history the original 13 states of the United States of America constituted under the Articles of Confederation and superseded by the more formal union established in 1789
- the federation of Canada, formed with four original provinces in 1867 and since joined by eight more
Word Origin and History for confederation
early 15c., "act of confederating," from Middle French confédération, from Old French confederacion (14c.), from Late Latin confoederationem (nominative confoederatio), noun of action from confoederare (see confederate). Meaning "states or persons united by a league" is from 1620s.
A group of nations or states, or a government encompassing several states or political divisions, in which the component states retain considerable independence. The members of a confederation often delegate only a few powers to the central authority.