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Topic: GROUPINGS

Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: Latin coalitus, past participle of coalescere; COALESCE

coalition

noun
     
co‧a‧li‧tion W3
1 [countable]PGPP a union of two or more political parties that allows them to form a government or fight an election together
coalition of
a coalition of democratic forces
the centre-right coalition government
an emergency meeting of the three coalition parties
2 [countable] a group of people who join together to achieve a particular purpose, usually a political one
coalition of
a coalition of environmental groups
3 [uncountable]PPG a process in which two or more political parties or groups join together:
He hoped to convert his party members to a belief in coalition.
in coalition with somebody
He was working in coalition with other Unionist leaders.
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