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The act of attaching, uniting, or joining together in a physical sense; consolidating.

The term is generally used to signify the connection of a smaller or subordinate unit to a larger or principal unit. For example, a smaller piece of land may be annexed to a larger one. Similarly, a smaller document may be annexed to a larger one, such as a codicil to a will.

Although physical joining is implied, actual contact is not always necessary. For example, an annexation occurs when a country acquires new territory even though the new territory is not immediately adjacent to the existing country.

In the law of real property, annexation is used to describe the manner in which a chattel is joined to property.



West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ANNEXATION, property. The union of one thing to another.
     2. In the law relating to fixtures, (q.v.) annexation is actual or constructive. By actual annexation is understood every movement by which a chattel can be joined or united to the freehold. By constructive annexation is understood the union of such things as have been holden parcel of the realty, but which are not actually annexed, fixed, or fastened to the freehold; for example, deeds, or chattels, which relate to the title of the inheritance. Shep. Touch. 469. Vide Anios & Fer. on Fixtures, 2.
     3. This term has been applied to the union of one country, to another; as Texas was annexed to the United States by the joint resolution of Congress of larch 1, 1845., See Texas.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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To recognize the ideological sleight of hand here, it is worth remembering that many annexationists desired to cede little agency to Cuba; whereas Cuba sought statehood and political self-determination, many annexationists--although not necessarily the Southerners who wanted more slave states--wished to make Cuba a territory without national self-representation.
(44) With the war rendering the path of reform secondary to the pursuit of national goals, liberal annexationists demanded "a more favorable eastern border" and showed little sympathy for "those fomenters of weakness and faintness"
Differences on the matter began to take root within the governing New Progressive Party, a clear sign that Romero Barcelo's position was now unsustainable even within the pro annexationist sector.
Yet, for several reasons, Israeli analysts believe Netanyahu is likely to move down the annexationist road.
At the time he was a member of the Union Party and supported the "assimilationist camp." When the Union Party moved away from an annexationist position, Huyke left the party and declared his support for a permanent union with the United States (Negron de Montilla 1990; Cebollero 1945).
Third States must comply with their obligations as High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to ensure the protection of the occupied Palestinian population, and intervene concretely to stop Israel's annexationist measures in Jerusalem.
These included a combination of a civil and military hierarchy as would be conducive to the control of a vast and discontented local population and to the furtherance of their own annexationist aspirations.
These approaches of American literary elite of that time (a time when intellectual and literary convictions were fast and deeply influencing political directions and decisions) were not just notions of artistic fancies; they rather validly reflect the 'annexationist sentiment'11 as well as 'buoyant continentalism'12 which have been haunting the relationship of the two neighbours till today.
Stresemann, who had been a monarchist and annexationist in the early days of World War I, had become a Vernunftrepublikaner, that is a "republican by reason" (Wirsching and Eder 2008) and a proponent of international detente--probably also by reason (Niedhart 2012: 23; Mommsen 2009: 251; Wright 1995: 119).
Delany illustrates this point in descriptions of conflicts between annexationist creoles and Cuba's Spanish government.
So, the truth behind McKinley's "Christianize and civilize" rhetoric had to be hidden from the American public; a noxious "annexationist" label might alienate valuable electoral support.