One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A group of states with a central government but independence in internal affairs; a federation.
confederation, confederacy, leagueView synonyms
- ‘Often the federacy (or its residents) have little input into the larger whole.’
- ‘A republican federacy could be formed out of the provinces of the defunct monarchy.’
- ‘They spoke of forming a great North American empire, or kind of Colonial Federacy.’
- ‘A federacy might be an imaginative solution to this problem.’
- ‘There were several large districts possessed by the Federacy as appendages.’
- 1.1mass noun The state of being joined by a treaty.
- ‘The maintenance of peace and order and justice between states bound in federacy.’
- ‘He acknowledged the need for improved budgeting and fiscal federacy as prerequisites for good governance.’
- ‘Territorially based ethnic minorities may want greater autonomy and self-rule; asymmetric federacy can accommodate such demands without the state falling apart.’
- ‘Being multilingual, it tests many of the problems of world federacy.’
- ‘Federacy is a constitutionalized extension of the principle of home rule that provides adequate guarantees to the weaker entity.’
Mid 17th century: from federate + -acy, on the pattern of confederacy.
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