federation


federation
/fed'euh ray"sheuhn/, n.
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.
[1715-25; < LL foederation- (s. of foederatio) a leaguing. See FEDERATE, -ION]

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(as used in expressions)
Co operative Commonwealth Federation
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
American Federation of Labor Congress of Industrial Organizations

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