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non·​bel·​lig·​er·​ent ˌnän-bə-ˈlij-rənt How to pronounce nonbelligerent (audio)
: not belligerent: such as
: not waging war
nonbelligerent countries
: not hostile or combative
a nonbelligerent attitude
nonbelligerency noun
or less commonly nonbelligerence
a nonbelligerency agreement


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: 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

Examples of nonbelligerent in a Sentence

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For not wanting to be nonbelligerent by naming the terms for belligerence. Solmaz Sharif, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Over time, such cooperation could gradually acclimate Arab peoples to a nonbelligerent stance toward Israel. Charles Krauthammer, Twin Cities, 30 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use


1795, in the meaning defined above


1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonbelligerent was in 1795

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“Nonbelligerent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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