Definition of federation in English:

federation

Line breaks: fed¦er|ation
Pronunciation: /fɛdəˈreɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

  • 2 [mass noun] The action of forming states or organizations into a single group with centralized control: a first step in the federation of Europe
    More example sentences
    • And, contrary to the claims of the fathers of federation, Australian nationalism was not progressive.
    • But by the time of Australian federation, nationalism had undergone a profound transformation.
    • Also, let's not kid ourselves about the roots of Australian nationalism, the fathers of federation and all the rest of it.

Derivatives

federationist

noun
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  • In 1897-98, the Constitution's framers, all committed federationists (the majority directly elected by the colonies' voters), spent close to a total of four months in meetings around the country, spread out over a full year.
  • Certainly federationists advanced this argument, but when the Federation League used it to solicit funds from Sydney businesses the results were very disappointing.
  • Following the defeat of the Spanish, centralist and federationist groups waged a lengthy conflict between themselves to determine the future of the nation.

Origin

early 18th century: from French fédération, from late Latin foederatio(n-), from the verb foederare 'to ally', from foedus 'league'.

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