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

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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Cite this Entry

“Belligerency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/belligerency. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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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