active neutrality

noun

: a policy of offering support to one side in a conflict or dispute without directly participating in that conflict or dispute
If governments sincerely support the democratic movement in Iran, they should adopt a position of active neutrality. Such a policy not only implies avoiding confrontation; it also means taking an "active" stance on human rights issues …Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, Christian Science Monitor, 8 Mar. 2010

Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of active neutrality was in 1890

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“Active neutrality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/active%20neutrality. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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