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federation

[ fed-uh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌfɛd əˈreɪ ʃən /
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noun

the act of federating or uniting in a league.
the formation of a political unity, with a central government, by a number of separate states, each of which retains control of its own internal affairs.
a league or confederacy.
a federated body formed by a number of nations, states, societies, unions, etc., each retaining control of its own internal affairs.

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RELATED WORDS

union, league, association, tribe, alliance, family, combination, pool, coalition, crowd, crew, gang, syndicate, entente, mob, ring, outfit, amalgamation, confederacy, bunch

Nearby words

federally, federate, federated, federated church, federated malay states, federation, federation of south arabia, federation of the west indies, federation wheat, federative, federative republic of brazil

Origin of federation

1715–25; < Late Latin foederātiōn- (stem of foederātiō) a leaguing. See federate, -ion
Related formsin·ter·fed·er·a·tion, nounpro·fed·er·a·tion, adjectivere·fed·er·a·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for federation (1 of 2)

federation

/ (ˌfɛdəˈreɪʃən) /

noun

the act of federating
the union of several provinces, states, etc, to form a federal union
a political unit formed in such a way
any league, alliance, or confederacy
a union of several parties, groups, etc
any association or union for common action

British Dictionary definitions for federation (2 of 2)

Federation

/ (ˌfɛdəˈreɪʃən) /

noun Australian

the Federation the federation of the Australian colonies in 1901
a style of domestic architecture of that period, characterized by red brick, terracotta roof tiles, sinuous curves, and heavy window frames
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Word Origin and History for federation

federation


n.

1721, "union by agreement," from French fédération, from Late Latin foederationem (nominative foederatio), noun of action from Latin foederare "league together," from foedus "covenant, league" (genitive foederis); see federal.

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