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1 a : an alliance of individuals, states, or esp. corporations united to achieve a common (as economic) end see also combination in restraint of trade compare joint venture, merger
b : conspiracy
2 : a union of old or new elements or parts that is patentable because it produces a new and useful result compare aggregation, equivalent
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.