Definition of consociation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkänˌsōsēˈāSHən/
Pronunciation: /ˌkänˌsōSHēˈāSHən/
Pronunciation: /ˌkənˌsōsēˈāSHən/
Pronunciation: /ˌkənˌsōSHēˈāSHən/


1A group or association of a distinctive type, in particular.
Example sentences
  • To betray the trust cementing these often labile consociations of individuals and groups is underhand, it is dirty cheating.
  • In line with the main framework of his general theory, he argues that the archetype of all rational social action is consociation through exchange in markets.
  • During that time, I was concerned with models for the reconception and revitalization of Christianity that require consociations for work and worship among the world religions to effect basic human community.
1.1A political system formed by the cooperation of different, especially antagonistic, social groups on the basis of shared power.
Example sentences
  • From what has been said, we conclude that the efficient cause of political consociation is consent and agreement among the communicating citizens.
1.2 Zoology A group of animals of the same species that interact more or less equally with each other.
1.3 dated, chiefly US An association of Congregational Churches.
2 dated Close association or fellowship.
Example sentences
  • I'm also a great believer in consociation among one's peers - not only the class sessions but also the coffee breaks and lunches provide fertile ground into which little educational seeds may drop and flourish.



Pronunciation: /-SHənl/
Example sentences
  • Although formally a consociational democracy with a constitution, a parliament, and regular elections, real political power in Lebanon derives from the informal networks that are governed by the various sectarian elites.
  • This is the essence of what is known as the consociational system, which was designed to reassure minorities, but also make the religious community the reference point in domestic relations.
  • European models of consociational democratic institutions, for example, cannot be removed from the contexts in which they have evolved, and even within them it is not clear that they constitute models of participatory democracy.


Pronunciation: /-SHənlˌizəm/
Example sentences
  • Perplexed by the politics of consociationalism, the Ministry of Education failed to express or even to maintain a consistent educational policy.
  • Is consociationalism a viable model for ethnically divided societies?
  • Taken together, these elements would clearly indicate that consociationalism lies at the heart of the Agreement.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'associating, combination'): from Latin consociatio(n-), from the verb consociare, from con- 'together' + sociare 'to associate' (from socius 'fellow').

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Syllabification: con·so·ci·a·tion

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