nonbelligerent

adjective
non·​bel·​lig·​er·​ent | \ ˌnän-bə-ˈlij-rənt How to pronounce nonbelligerent (audio) , -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

Other Words from nonbelligerent

Adjective

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

Examples of nonbelligerent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Over time, such cooperation could gradually acclimate Arab peoples to a nonbelligerent stance toward Israel. Charles Krauthammer, Orange County Register, 26 May 2017 Over time, such cooperation could gradually acclimate Arab peoples to a nonbelligerent stance toward Israel. Charles Krauthammer, The Mercury News, 25 May 2017 Over time, such cooperation could gradually acclimate Arab peoples to a nonbelligerent stance toward Israel. Charles Krauthammer, The Denver Post, 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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“Nonbelligerent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonbelligerent. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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