nonbelligerent

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

Definition of nonbelligerent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: not belligerent: such as

a : not waging war nonbelligerent countries

b : not hostile or combative a nonbelligerent attitude

nonbelligerent

noun

Definition of nonbelligerent (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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Adjective

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

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Over time, such cooperation could gradually acclimate Arab peoples to a nonbelligerent stance toward Israel. Charles Krauthammer, Twin Cities, "Charles Krauthammer: Peace in the Middle East? Try the outside-in approach," 30 May 2017 Over time, such cooperation could gradually acclimate Arab peoples to a nonbelligerent stance toward Israel. Charles Krauthammer, Orange County Register, "Why peace in Middle East must start in Saudi Arabia," 26 May 2017 Over time, such cooperation could gradually acclimate Arab peoples to a nonbelligerent stance toward Israel. Charles Krauthammer, The Mercury News, "Krauthammer: Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia," 25 May 2017 Over time, such cooperation could gradually acclimate Arab peoples to a nonbelligerent stance toward Israel. Charles Krauthammer, The Denver Post, "Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of nonbelligerent

Adjective

1795, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1810, in the meaning defined above

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