- IPA: /kənˈfɛdəɹəsi/
confederacy (plural confederacies)
- An alliance.
- (politics) A state where the sovereign constituent units delegate their authority to the centre. As opposed to a federation, where the central and regional governments are each equal and sovereign in their own sphere.
- Specifically, an instance of a decentralized governing structure among the indigenous peoples of North America.
- French: confédération
- German: Konföderation
- Italian: confederazione
- Portuguese: confederação
- Spanish: confederación
- (historical) The Confederate States of America, the collection of American states that seceded from the United States in 1861, and fought against the Union in the American Civil War.