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federation (n.)

1721, "union by agreement," from French fédération, from Late Latin foederationem (nominative foederatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin foederare "league together," from foedus "covenant, league" (from PIE root *bheidh- "to trust, confide, persuade").

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Definitions of federation from WordNet

federation (n.)
an organization formed by merging several groups or parties;
federation (n.)
a union of political organizations;
federation (n.)
the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs;
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