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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.’
- 1.1Zoology A group of animals of the same species which interact more or less equally with each other.
- 1.2US dated An association of Congregational Churches.
2dated 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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