• IPA: /kənˈfɛdəɹəsi/

confederacy (plural confederacies)

  1. An alliance.
  2. (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.
  3. Specifically, an instance of a decentralized governing structure among the indigenous peoples of North America.
    The Blackfoot, Iroquois, and Sioux peoples all were governed as confederacies. There were also multi-ethnic confederacies, such as the Iron Confederacy made up of the Plains Cree, Assiniboine, Stoney, and Saulteaux.
Proper noun
  1. (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.

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