non·​in·​ter·​ven·​tion ˌnän-ˌin-tər-ˈven(t)-shən How to pronounce nonintervention (audio)
: the state or policy of not intervening
nonintervention in the affairs of other countries
noninterventionist noun or adjective

Example Sentences

The country has adopted a policy of nonintervention.
Recent Examples on the Web The third option is nonintervention. Kennedy Sessions, Chron, 3 Mar. 2023 On the one hand, diversity of political regimes, even those that are clearly not democracies and that do not respect human rights, is perhaps a desirable situation, especially if one views it from the perspective of the sacrosanct principle of nonintervention. Jorge G. Castañeda, CNN, 13 June 2022 European leaders, in particular, desperately wanted to avoid another regional war, but their nonintervention only succeeded in delaying World War II by three years, as Hitler and Mussolini used Spain as a test for their air forces and a training exercise for their troops., 19 Aug. 2021 The threat of losing military personnel at a time of spiraling violence has spurred rare public statements from military officials who once strictly adhered to a policy of nonintervention in Israeli politics. Shira Rubin, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2023 When nonintervention is a default, patients with conditions that actually require treatment can be endangered. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2021 An obvious exception to the preference for nonintervention is the racist history of researchers unethically testing treatments on pregnant women of color. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2021 Roosevelt tried to work around these nonintervention efforts, offering England advice and military supplies. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 This would include exchanging guarantees of nonintervention into the other’s internal affairs, the Russian president said. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonintervention was in 1831

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Cite this Entry

“Nonintervention.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


non·​in·​ter·​ven·​tion ˌnän-ˌint-ər-ˈven-chən How to pronounce nonintervention (audio)
: the state or habit of not intervening
: refusal or failure to intervene

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