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[ kuhn-fed-uh-rey-shuhn ]


  1. the act of confederating.
  2. the state of being confederated.
  3. a league or alliance.

    Synonyms: federation, coalition

  4. a group of confederates, especially of states more or less permanently united for common purposes.
  5. the Confederation, the union of the 13 original U.S. states under the Articles of Confederation 1781–89.
  6. (initial capital letter) the federation of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, formed in 1867 and constituting the Dominion of Canada.



/ kənˌfɛdəˈreɪʃən /


  1. the act or process of confederating or the state of being confederated
  2. a loose alliance of political units. The union of the Swiss cantons is the oldest surviving confederation Compare federation
  3. (esp in Canada) another name for federation



/ kənˌfɛdəˈreɪʃən /


  1. the Confederation
    history the original 13 states of the United States of America constituted under the Articles of Confederation and superseded by the more formal union established in 1789
  2. the federation of Canada, formed with four original provinces in 1867 and since joined by eight more


  1. 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.

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Canada is officially a confederation of provinces.
The United States was governed as a confederation in the first few years of its independence ( see Articles of Confederation ).
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Derived Forms

  • conˈfederative, adjective
  • conˌfederˈationist, noun
  • conˌfederˈationˌism, noun
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Other Words From

  • con·feder·ation·ism noun
  • con·feder·ation·ist noun
  • anti·con·feder·ation·ism noun
  • anti·con·feder·ation·ist noun adjective
  • noncon·feder·ation noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of confederation1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Late Latin confoederātiō “agreement,” from confoederāt(us) “united” (past participle of confoederāre “to unite in a league”; confederate ) + -iō -ion
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Example Sentences

Similarly, teams from the same confederation as the host nation experience a smaller but still measurable improvement in their performances.

We also recently got a letter from someone headed for the Confederation Trail on Prince Edward Island, which takes about a month.

In 2017, Ahmad had uprooted CAF’s longest-serving president, Issa Hayatou, who had ruled the confederation with an iron fist for 29 years.

From Quartz

It started with a Declaration of Independence and a Revolutionary War, followed by the Articles of Confederation.

Before Parler went offline, a loose confederation of programmers archived a huge cache of publicly available information from the service before it disappeared indefinitely.

The Articles of Confederation had required nine of the 13 states to pass most items, and it was a disaster.

I saw it in "Quotation", a group show at the Confederation Center of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The more daring among them even talk about federation or confederation, possibly including the Kingdom of Jordan.

Instead, the two colonies were joined in a confederation, with separate legislatures.

More disclosure: Jim Kim and I are part of a loose confederation called “Doctors for Obama.”

The suspense with which Louis listened to this perfidious confederation, was almost insufferable.

The promise of obedience to God by vow or oath, includes a promise of certain services to each member of the confederation.

And how would the general confederation testify to a glorious work of reformation!

A committee was appointed to draw up such a plan and, in 1777, it submitted the Articles of Confederation to Congress.

By 1785, the Americans began to realize that the Articles of Confederation were too weak to become effective.





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