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coalition (noun) a combination of parties or groups, especially political; a government formed by a coalition.

A combination of parties is a coalition. Usually such a coalition is formed when a single party does not get enough majority to form a government. Usually the coalition or the combination is of parties which have some similarities in their agendas or programs. The partners in a coalition, that is, a combination of parties, for political purposes, have their representatives in the government formed by the coalition. A government formed by a coalition is also a coalition. 'The coalition is going to be short-lived as is clear from the differences already among the partners of the coalition.' This means that the government formed by the coalition is not going to last long, in view of the differences among the coalition members. A group formed by a number of members from different groups to work for a common purpose is a coalition. A coalition of public officials and businessmen to formulate policies on economic or political matters means a joint body of the officials and businesspersons.

  • With the likelihood of no single party getting an absolute majority, there is a move among some of the parties to combine to form a coalition and form a government.
  • A coalition of industrialists, academics, and social services activists is actively working to find a solution to the problem of pollution.
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