deconflict

verb
de·​con·​flict | \ ˌdē-kən-ˈflikt How to pronounce deconflict (audio) , -ˈkän-ˌflikt \
variants: or de-conflict
deconflicted or de-conflicted; deconflicting or de-conflicting; deconflicts or de-conflicts

Definition of deconflict

transitive verb

military
: to coordinate (something, such as flights, maneuvers, or the use of a location) between groups especially in areas where overlapping operations are occurring in order to reduce the risk of accidents or incidents A formal memorandum was signed in 2015 to deconflict military aircraft flights and avoid airborne mishaps and altercations.— Gordon Lubold and Michael R. Gordon What was agreed by the two presidents is that our militaries would talk, so that we would deconflict operations.— Robert Work He began looking after the survivors, deconflicting airspace for coalition aircraft coming in and out …— James Thompson The [unidentified] military official said, "Coalition patrol leaders and [the Syrian regime] checkpoint officer met face-to-face to deconflict movement on the spot," adding that "the interaction was professional."— Sirwan Kajjo

First Known Use of deconflict

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deconflict

de- + conflict entry 2

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“Deconflict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deconflict. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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