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nonbelligerent

adjective non·bel·lig·er·ent \ ˌnän-bə-ˈlij-rənt , -ˈli-jə- \

Definition of nonbelligerent

: not belligerent: such as
a : not waging war
  • nonbelligerent countries
b : not hostile or combative
  • a nonbelligerent attitude

nonbelligerency

play \ˌnän-bə-ˈlij-rən(t)-sē, -ˈli-jə-\ or less commonly nonbelligerence play \ˌnän-bə-ˈlij-rən(t)s, -ˈli-jə-\ noun
    • a nonbelligerency agreement

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First Known Use of nonbelligerent

1795

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nonbelligerent

noun

Definition of nonbelligerent

: a nonbelligerent country; specifically : a country that refrains from direct participation in a war but openly favors and usually gives aid in varying degree and kind to one of the belligerents

First Known Use of nonbelligerent

1810

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