non·​aligned ˌnän-ə-ˈlīnd How to pronounce nonaligned (audio)
: not allied with other nations and especially with either the Communist or the non-Communist blocs
nonalignment noun

Examples of nonaligned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prabowo has vowed to continue Widodo’s trademark policies, including his efforts to build a new capital city and his commitment to stay nonaligned in the U.S.-China geopolitical rivalry. Winda Charmila, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Republican voters made an informed decision to ignore the warning signs indicating that Trump’s presence on the ballot would repulse soft Republicans and nonaligned voters. Noah Rothman, National Review, 22 Jan. 2024 Countries in the global South today are acutely aware that the revisionist rhetoric of the nonaligned era achieved little. Happymon Jacob, Foreign Affairs, 25 Dec. 2023 But the United States cannot simply return to the divided economic model that prevailed during the Cold War, an era in which the West had few economic ties to the Soviet Union and most of the nonaligned countries had little economic clout. Peter E. Harrell, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023 New Delhi’s relative military weakness and long history of acting as a nonaligned nation may also limit its willingness to work with the United States in a military conflict. Damien Cave, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 But unless that happens, the United States will continue to find a cautious and nonaligned Vietnam. Derek Grossman, Foreign Affairs, 6 Oct. 2023 That growth, made even more urgent with an aggressive China at its gates, is in part dependent on the high-wire act of India’s nonaligned, transactional approach to global diplomacy. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2023 Far from abandoning the nonaligned position in the long hangover from the 20th-century Cold War between East and West, the ongoing period of multipolarity has led many countries in the Global South to embrace it even more. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 27 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonaligned was in 1954

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“Nonaligned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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