[ad_1] noun (used with a plural verb)
- the first constitution of the 13 American states, adopted in 1781 and replaced in 1789 by the Constitution of the United States.
- the agreement made by the original 13 states in 1777 establishing a confederacy to be known as the United States of America; replaced by the Constitution of 1788
An agreement among the thirteen original states, approved in 1781, that provided a loose federal government before the presentwent into effect in 1789. There was no chief executive or judiciary, and the legislature of the Confederation had no authority to collect taxes.