An alliance for combined action, especially a temporary alliance of political parties forming a government or of states: a coalition of conservatives and disaffected Democrats the party was only able to govern in coalition with three or even four other parties [as modifier]: a coalition government
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- The three agrarian parties are prohibited from entering into any coalitions with leftist political powers.
- As a realist, I am skeptical about whether he can build the necessary political coalitions.
- They are forming new political coalitions in an attempt to force an end to the occupation.
early 17th century (in the sense 'fusion'): from medieval Latin coalitio(n-), from the verb coalescere (see coalesce). Usage in politics dates from the late 18th century.
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- Here, however, the coalitionists are waiting for an appropriate judgement by the Federal Constitutional Court.
- The ensuing election in December gave the coalitionists an overwhelming victory.
- During January and February 1784 the coalition's majority in the House of Commons shrank rapidly, and in the ensuing general election ninety-six coalitionists lost their seats.