coalition

(noun) Two or more individuals or groups who combine influence, power, and resources to achieve a mutual goal.

Example: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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  • Plural: coalitions
  • Coalitions can be permanent or temporary.
  • Georg Simmel (1858–1918) noted that the difference between a dyad (group of two) and triad (group of three) in addition to larger groups is there are opportunities in a triad for two members to form a coalition against the other.
  • A (noun) coalitionist or (noun) coalitioner uses (adjective) coalitional or (adjective) coalitionary methods to achieve certain goals.

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