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coalition

[koh-uh-lish-uh n] /ˌkoʊ əˈlɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
a combination or alliance, especially a temporary one between persons, factions, states, etc.
2.
a union into one body or mass; fusion.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin coalitiōn- (stem of coalitiō), equivalent to coalit(us), past participle of coalēscere (co- co- + ali-, past participle stem of alere to nourish + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion; see coalesce
Related forms
coalitional, adjective
coalitioner, noun
Synonyms
1. partnership; league.
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British Dictionary definitions for coalitional

coalition

/ˌkəʊəˈlɪʃən/
noun
1.
  1. an alliance or union between groups, factions, or parties, esp for some temporary and specific reason
  2. (as modifier): a coalition government
2.
a fusion or merging into one body or mass
Derived Forms
coalitional, adjective
coalitionist, coalitioner, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin coalitiō, from Latin coalēscere to coalesce
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Word Origin and History for coalitional

coalition

n.

1610s, "the growing together of parts," from French coalition (1540s), from Late Latin coalitus "fellowship," originally past participle of Latin coalescere (see coalesce). First used in a political sense 1715.

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coalitional in Culture

coalition definition


An alliance of political groups formed to oppose a common foe or pursue a common goal.

Note: In countries with many political parties, none of which can get a majority of the citizens' votes, the only way an effective government can be formed is by a coalition of parties. Such coalitions are often unstable.
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