|1.||the act or process of confederating or the state of being confederated|
|2.||Compare federation a loose alliance of political units. The union of the Swiss cantons is the oldest surviving confederation|
|3.||(esp in Canada) another name for a: federation|
|1.||(US) history the Confederation the original 13 states of the United States of America constituted under the Articles of Confederation and superseded by the more formal union established in 1789|
|2.||the federation of Canada, formed with four original provinces in 1867 and since joined by eight more|
A group of nations or states, or a government encompassing several states or political divisions, in which the component states retain considerable independence. The members of a confederation often delegate only a few powers to the central authority.
Note: The United States was governed as a confederation in the first few years of its independence (see Articles of Confederation).
Note: Canada is officially a confederation of provinces.