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1A political system formed by the cooperation of different, especially antagonistic, social groups on the basis of shared power.
- ‘From what has been said, we conclude that the efficient cause of political consociation is consent and agreement among the communicating citizens.’
- 1.1Ecology A small climax community of plants having a characteristic dominant species.
- ‘Typically mangroves display a zonation or succession of forests, with each zone being dominated by one of the consociations.’
- ‘Fleshy Euphorbia species are found in extensive consociations only in Rajasthan and Gujarat.’
- ‘The map units in the order 3 survey area are composed of soil associations, some consociations and some complexes.’
- ‘In this consociation, leaf areas are clustered in such a way that s / S is far from zero, and each leaflet is more horizontal than the angle of the total leaf area.’
- 1.2Zoology A group of animals of the same species which interact more or less equally with each other.
- 1.3US dated An association of Congregational Churches.
2dated mass noun Close association or fellowship.
association, society, club, league, union, guild, lodge, affiliation, alliance, order, fraternity, brotherhood, sororityView synonyms
- ‘I'm also a great believer in consociation among one's peers - not only the class sessions but also the coffee breaks and lunches provide fertile ground into which little educational seeds may drop and flourish.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘associating, combination’): from Latin consociatio(n-), from the verb consociare, from con- ‘together’ + sociare ‘to associate’ (from socius ‘fellow’).
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