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alliance

noun accordance, adhesion, affiliation, agreement, alignment, amalgamation, association, band, bloc, cartel, centralization, chain, coalescence, coalition, combination, combine, compact, company, concert, confederacy, conformity, conjunction, connection, connivance, consolidation, consortium, contract, convention, cooperative, corporation, covenant, fusion, integration, junction, league, merger, pact, partnership, peace, pool, rapprochement, relationship, sodality, syndicate, treaty, trust, union
See also: adhesion, affiliation, agreement, association, band, cartel, centralization, chain, coaction, coalescence, coalition, cohabitation, collusion, committee, compact, concert, confederacy, conformity, conjunction, connection, connivance, consortium, contact, contract, contribution, cooperative, corporation, federation, integration, kinship, league, loyalty, marriage, matrimony, merger, mutual understanding, nexus, organization, pact, partnership, peace, pool, propinquity, rapport, rapprochement, relation, society, sodality, syndicate, treaty, understanding

ALLIANCE, relationship. The union or connexion of two persons or families by marriage, which is also called affinity. This is derived from the Latin preposition ad and ligare, to bind. Vide Inst 1, 10, 6; Dig 38, 10, 4, 3; and Affinity.

ALLIANCE, international law. A contract, treaty, or league between two sovereigns or states, made to insure their safety and common defence.
     2. Alliances made for warlike purposes are divided in general into defensive and offensive; in the former the nation only engages to defend her ally in case he be attacked; in the latter she unites with him for the purpose of making an attack, or jointly waging the war against another nation. Some alliances are both offensive and defensive; and there seldom is an offensive alliance which is not also defensive. Vattel, B. 3, c. 6, Sec. 79; 2 Dall. 15.

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But, sire, I can only accept such an alliance if you give me your promise to assist me with your counsels.
From these considerations it appears that those gentlemen are greatly mistaken who suppose that alliances offensive and defensive might be formed between these confederacies, and would produce that combination and union of wills of arms and of resources, which would be necessary to put and keep them in a formidable state of defense against foreign enemies.
The prohibition against treaties, alliances, and confederations makes a part of the existing articles of Union; and for reasons which need no explanation, is copied into the new Constitution.
Well," said the marquise, "it seems probable that, by the aid of the Holy Alliance, we shall be rid of Napoleon; and we must trust to the vigilance of M.
completely restored to his throne, demands an alliance between Monsieur, the brother of the king, and Mademoiselle Henrietta, grand-daughter of Henry IV.
Anne Elliot, so young; known to so few, to be snatched off by a stranger without alliance or fortune; or rather sunk by him into a state of most wearing, anxious, youth-killing dependence
She is poor, and may naturally seek an alliance which must be advantageous to herself; you know your own rights, and that it is out of my power to prevent your inheriting the family estate.
That the general should come forward to solicit the alliance, or that he should even very heartily approve it, they were not refined enough to make any parading stipulation; but the decent appearance of consent must be yielded, and that once obtained -- and their own hearts made them trust that it could not be very long denied -- their willing approbation was instantly to follow.
Besides, unless His Majesty the Emperor derogates from the principle of our alliance.
He went to find out whether there was any other European Power whose alliance would be a more advantageous thing for Japan than a continuation of their alliance with us.
The Lion, on the advice of the Fox, sent a message to the Ass, proposing to make an alliance between their two families.
It was this renewal of peace that brought about the alliance between Germany and the United States.