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Definition of Coalition

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

Example of Coalition

Coalition Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: co·a·li·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /koh-uh-lIsh-uhn/
  • British English – /kohuh-lIsh-uhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌkoʊəˈlɪʃ(ə)n/
  • British English – /ˌkəʊəˈlɪʃn/

Usage Notes

  • 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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Works Consulted

Collins English Dictionary: Complete and Unabridged. 6th ed. 2003. Glasgow, Scotland: Collins.

Henslin, James M. 2012. Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. 10th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Schaefer, Richard. 2013. Sociology: A Brief Introduction. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Coalition

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “coalition.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 24, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/coalition/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

coalition. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/coalition/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “coalition.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 24, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/coalition/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“coalition.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Nov. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/coalition/>.