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  1. con·fed·er·a·tion
    IPA[kənˌfedəˈrāSH(ə)n]
  2. noun

    • 1. an organization which consists of a number of parties or groups united in an alliance or league:

      a confederation of trade unions
    • 2. a more or less permanent union of countries with some or most political power vested in a central authority:

      Canada became a confederation in 1867
    • 3. the action of confederating or the state of being confederated:

      a referendum on confederation
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: confederation, plural noun: confederations

    • noun

      an organization which consists of a number of parties or groups united in an alliance or league:

      a more or less permanent union of states with some or most political power vested in a central authority:

    • the confederation of cantons that form Switzerland.
    • the confederation of cantons forming Switzerland.
    • plural

      the original constitution of the US, ratified in 1781, which was replaced by the US Constitution in 1789.
    • (in the UK) an organization to promote the prosperity of British business.
    • an association formed in 1949 to promote free trade unionism worldwide. Its headquarters are in Brussels.
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