Meaning of federation

fed•er•a•tion

Pronunciation: (fed"u-rā'shun), [key]
— 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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