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- adj. Having major internal divisions along ethnic, religious, or linguistic lines, with none of the divisions large enough to form a majority group, yet nonetheless stable due to consultation among the elites of each of its major social groups.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a consociation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a consociation.
When I first saw the word "consociational" I thought it was a typographical error.
He opts instead for a consociational democracy: a system in which religious, cultural, national, and economic considerations will be balanced by mutual agreement, within a power-sharing government.
Michael Ball is their collectivly elected consociational organizer.
This may be a consociational weakness, a set of institutions that make compromise more difficult.
It would free us from the shackles of the current consociational state of affairs and would create the space for ‘normal politics’ that strange phenomenon everyone claims to desire to finally take root.
Yash Tandon from Uganda had long ago questioned the basic assumptions and definitions implied in the European notion of a centralized state or the conception of ‘consociational democracy’ being imposed on Africa with multi-tribal societies.
This consociational characterisation not only fails to conform to reality but it is also aimed at preventing the emergence of a national identity.
Words connected with our ecclesiastical institutions, as associational, consociational, to fellowship, to missionate.
To funeralize and to missionate, along with consociational, were contributions of the backwoods pulpit; perhaps it also produced hell-roaring and hellion, the latter of which was a favorite of the Mormons and even got into a sermon by Henry Ward Beecher.
To these novelties, apparently without any thought of their uncouthness, Fowler added to missionate and consociational.
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