coalitional

coalition

[koh-uh-lish-uhn]
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:
1605–15; < 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

coalitional, adjective
coalitioner, noun


1. partnership; league.
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coalition (ˌkəʊəˈlɪʃən)
 
n
1.  a.  an alliance or union between groups, factions, or parties, esp for some temporary and specific reason
 b.  (as modifier): a coalition government
2.  a fusion or merging into one body or mass
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin coalitiō, from Latin coalēscere to coalesce]
 
coa'litional
 
adj
 
coa'litionist
 
n
 
coa'litioner
 
n

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coalition
1612, "the growing together of parts," from Fr. coalition, from L.L. coalitus "fellowship," originally pp. of L. coalescere (see coalesce). First used in a political sense 1715.
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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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