de·​con·​flic·​tion ˌdē-kən-ˈflik-shən How to pronounce deconfliction (audio)
: coordination of flights, maneuvers, etc. between groups especially in areas where overlapping operations are occurring in order to reduce the risk of accidents or incidents
… American officials insist that there is no coordination other than deconfliction, or making sure that their aircraft do not threaten each other.Anne Barnard and Eric Schmitt
Deconfliction is how friendly forces keep out of each other's way.John R. Bolton

Examples of deconfliction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What’s clearly needed is a next-generation system that combines the best elements of deconfliction technology with the tried and tested strategic deconfliction system developed for current generation operations. Harrison Wolf, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 Coming out of Vilnius, the administration has joined Congress in making deconfliction between Turkey and Greece as important to the alliance as the membership of Sweden and Finland. Chris Massaro, Fox News, 17 July 2023 For years, both militaries have regularly used a deconfliction safety line to provide advance notifications of where their aircraft would be operating over Syria to prevent any unsafe interactions. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 9 July 2023 The two sides established special communications channels to avoid clashing with each other on the ground, a process the Pentagon calls deconfliction. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2020 Over the last several years, the US and have used a deconfliction line between the two militaries in Syria to avoid unintentional mistakes or encounters that can inadvertently lead to escalation. Oren Liebermann, CNN, 29 Apr. 2023 Leading drone operators today already leverage internal fleet deconfliction technologies that rely on V2V communication. Harrison Wolf, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 The arrangement involves a deconfliction mechanism that prevents accidental conflict between Russian and Israeli forces through a real-time communication channel. Aaron David Miller, CNN, 5 Mar. 2022 In the meantime, the goal was stability—avoiding anything that could disturb the process of deconfliction as the parties learned patience and trust. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History


deconflict + -ion (after affliction)

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deconfliction was in 1978

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“Deconfliction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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