American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of forming into or becoming part of a confederacy.
- n. The state of being confederated.
- n. A group of confederates, especially of states or nations, united for a common purpose; a league.
- n. The union of the British North American colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada, brought about July 1, 1867, under the name Dominion of Canada.
- n. The federal union of all the Canadian provinces and territories, the most recent member being Newfoundland in 1949.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of confederating, or the state of being confederated; a league; a compact for mutual support; alliance.
- n. An aggregate or body of confederates, or of confederated states; the persons or states united by a league.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of confederating; a league; a compact for mutual support; alliance, particularly of princes, nations, or states.
- n. The parties that are confederated, considered as a unit; a confederacy.
- n. a union of political organizations
- n. the state of being allied or confederated
- n. the act of forming an alliance or confederation
“This simple fact gives the Prime Minister unbridled power and our confederation is littered with the corpses of bad legislation forced through Parliament by unscrupulous, corrupt Prime Ministers.”
“Humans are killing the Earth and the alien confederation is distraught by this.”
“It also underlines, in a sometimes embarrassingly blunt way, why for many in the current generation of Quebec political leaders the status quo of the Canadian confederation is unacceptable.”
“There is another and possibly even more serious result of the west's unhappiness over their position in confederation and this could result in the actual break-up of the country.”
“We take from our part in confederation-in material terms-in dollars and cents-more than we put into it.”
“They must, in particular, endeavour to further and deepen among all citizens and individuals and members of associations and communities, the understanding of and the support for the principles on which the Canadian confederation is based.”
“Certainly, this road to political unification or confederation is a long and rocky one.”
“I may say, so far as British Columbia was concerned, we have always felt, since the province joined in confederation that the terms under which we entered confederation were not just.”
“This confederation is only 50 years old, and I suppose some of usindeed I do-I remember the first anniversary of the organization of Canada.”
“While using the word confederation, I do not, of course, imply that anything similar to the federal union of Switzerland or of North America existed in Italy.”
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