Alliance, association, or league in which independent entities retain their distinction and sovereignty but delegate some powers and rights to a central body (such as a central or federal government) which remains subordinate to the entities. Also called confederacy. See also federation.

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  • Before the constitution bound the United States under a strong central authority the states were bound more loosely as a confederation.

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  • The confederation of american bankers is a group of financial professionals who meet regularly to discuss banking regulation and it's effects on the economy.

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  • The confederation was certainly a tightly-woven group of scientific labs that relied on each other for support and for information sharing in the quest to break the limits of stem cell research.

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