belligerency

noun bel·lig·er·en·cy \ -rən(t)-sē \

Definition of belligerency

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

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First Known Use of belligerency

1815


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belligerency

noun bel·lig·er·en·cy \ bə-ˈli-jə-rən-sē \

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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