Meaning of coalition in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkəʊəˈlɪʃ(ə)n/

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  • A temporary alliance for combined action, especially of political parties forming a government.

    ‘a coalition between Liberals and Conservatives’
    • ‘the party was only able to govern in coalition with three or even four other parties’
    • ‘The three agrarian parties are prohibited from entering into any coalitions with leftist political powers.’
    • ‘As a realist, I am skeptical about whether he can build the necessary political coalitions.’
    • ‘They are forming new political coalitions in an attempt to force an end to the occupation.’
    • ‘The last three weeks have witnessed the rise of one of the biggest and broadest political coalitions Britain has ever seen.’
    • ‘There are many political parties, and prime ministers must forge coalitions.’
    • ‘The party could become part of a ruling coalition for the first time in its history.’
    • ‘Even before the coalition was built, the party leaders had agreed on an electoral truce.’
    • ‘His party failed to win an overall majority and a coalition government was formed.’
    • ‘There has never been a majority in the parliament, and so the governments are coalitions.’
    • ‘To that end, they created military coalitions with the aim of going to war.’
    • ‘They will face a tough task forming a governing coalition in a parliament that includes six other parties.’
    • ‘A centre-right coalition was formed after elections in 1996 but collapsed in 1999.’
    • ‘The opposition activists are begging him to lead the center-left coalition of parties.’
    • ‘However, his Liberal Democrat coalition partners are opposed to any new nuclear power stations.’
    • ‘Both the ruling party and the main opposition coalitions have already claimed victory.’
    • ‘His government is an uneasy coalition of ten parties, going under the title " Alliance for Change".’
    • ‘Organised by a coalition of organisations to oppose globalisation, the event attracted quite a wide range of people.’
    • ‘But a coalition of animal welfare groups has successfully rescued more than 30 so far.’
    • ‘However, he is in coalition with a far-right nationalist party that bitterly opposes both steps.’
    • ‘Following the increasing public dissatisfaction, a new coalition of civil organizations was established.’
    alliance, union, partnership, affiliation, bloc, caucus
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Early 17th century (in the sense ‘fusion’): from medieval Latin coalitio(n-), from the verb coalescere (see coalesce). Usage in politics dates from the late 18th century.