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consociation

[kuh n-soh-see-ey-shuh n, -shee-] /kənˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi-/
noun
1.
the act of uniting in association.
2.
an association of churches or religious orders.
3.
Ecology. a climax community in which a single species is dominant.
Origin of consociation
1585-1595
1585-95; < Latin consociātiōn-, stem of consociātiō an associating; see consociate, -ion
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