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federation

[fed-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌfɛd əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of federating or uniting in a league.
2.
the formation of a political unity, with a central government, by a number of separate states, each of which retains control of its own internal affairs.
3.
a league or confederacy.
4.
a federated body formed by a number of nations, states, societies, unions, etc., each retaining control of its own internal affairs.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Late Latin foederātiōn- (stem of foederātiō) a leaguing. See federate, -ion
Related forms
interfederation, noun
profederation, adjective
refederation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pro-federation

federation

/ˌfɛdəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of federating
2.
the union of several provinces, states, etc, to form a federal union
3.
a political unit formed in such a way
4.
any league, alliance, or confederacy
5.
a union of several parties, groups, etc
6.
any association or union for common action

Federation

/ˌfɛdəˈreɪʃən/
noun (Austral)
1.
the Federation, the federation of the Australian colonies in 1901
2.
a style of domestic architecture of that period, characterized by red brick, terracotta roof tiles, sinuous curves, and heavy window frames
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Word Origin and History for pro-federation

federation

n.

1721, "union by agreement," from French fédération, from Late Latin foederationem (nominative foederatio), noun of action from Latin foederare "league together," from foedus "covenant, league" (genitive foederis); see federal.

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