de·​con·​flict ˌdē-kən-ˈflikt How to pronounce deconflict (audio)
variants or de-conflict
deconflicted or de-conflicted; deconflicting or de-conflicting; deconflicts or de-conflicts

transitive verb

: 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

Examples of deconflict in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To deconflict their flight paths, drones must be able to communicate with each other in real time by broadcasting their locations over a dedicated and secure channel. Jia Xu, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021

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Word History


de- + conflict entry 2

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deconflict was in 1973

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“Deconflict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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