belligerency

noun

bel·​lig·​er·​en·​cy bə-ˈlij-rən(t)-sē How to pronounce belligerency (audio)
-ˈli-jə-
1
: the state of being at war or in conflict
specifically : the status of a legally recognized belligerent state or nation
2

Examples of belligerency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Furthermore, pursuant to Additional Protocol I, Article 47(1), mercenaries do not qualify as combatants, and as such, cannot benefit from the privilege of belligerency. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 12 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of belligerency was in 1815

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“Belligerency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/belligerency. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

belligerency

noun
bel·​lig·​er·​en·​cy bə-ˈlij-(ə-)rən-sē How to pronounce belligerency (audio)
1
: the state of being at war
2

Legal Definition

belligerency

noun
bel·​lig·​er·​en·​cy bə-ˈli-jə-rən-sē How to pronounce belligerency (audio)
: the state of being at war or in conflict
specifically : the status whereby a recognized military force is granted the protection of the international laws of war

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