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a military or political union or alliance.

(1) A temporary military-political alliance of two or several states, concluded for combined operations against some other state or group of states (for example, the anti-Hitler coalition).

(2) An agreement between two or several political parties. A coalition is most frequently established so that a government can be formed with a parliamentary majority of the parties (a coalition government). In bourgeois states with a multiparty system, the coalition is widely used if none of the parties has a majority in parliament.

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Here the American option is more maritimist than coalitionist.
Coalitionists believe that the confrontation calls for solidly mobilizing Europe (and eventually Japan) on America's side.
Remember, I was grumpy: we had just come through three airports demanding two luggage searches, two eyeball inspections, two belt-less, shoeless shuffles past snarling security staff and two lengthy delays, only to discover from Nick Clegg and his Coalitionists that political expediency rules out runway expansions at Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted.
Patullo who opposed the coalitionists shouted: "Coalition with the Conservatives will be the end of the Liberal Party in British Columbia.
This senatorial walkover was the pleasant upshot of a seat adjustment pact between the MQM and the PPP, which are, more often than not, at loggerheads despite being coalitionists in the provincial government of Sindh.