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French law. By this word is understood an unlawful agreement among several persons, not to do a thing except on some conditions agreed upon. The most usual coalitions are, 1st. those which take place among master workmen, to reduce, diminish or fix at a low rate the wages of journeymen and other workmen; 2d. those among workmen or journeymen, not to work except at a certain price. These offenses are punished by fine and imprisonment. In our law this offense is known by the name of conspiracy.


 - n. The act of coalescing; union into a body or mass, as of separate bodies or parts; as, a coalition of atoms. A combination, for temporary purposes, of persons, parties, or states, having different interests.


Syn. - Alliance; confederation; confederacy; league; combination; conjunction; conspiracy; union.

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