belligerency

noun
bel·​lig·​er·​en·​cy | \ bə-ˈlij-rən(t)-sē How to pronounce belligerency (audio) , -ˈli-jə- \

Definition of belligerency

1 : the state of being at war or in conflict specifically : the status of a legally recognized belligerent state or nation

First Known Use of belligerency

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Belligerency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/belligerency. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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belligerency

noun
bel·​lig·​er·​en·​cy | \ bə-ˈli-jə-rən-sē How to pronounce belligerency (audio) \

Legal Definition of belligerency

: 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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