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

Examples of nonintervention in a Sentence

The country has adopted a policy of nonintervention.
Recent Examples on the Web More than the United States’ devastating military capabilities, what really shocked leaders in Beijing was the ease with which Washington could dismiss matters of sovereignty and nonintervention, notions that were staples of the very international order the Americans had coaxed China to join. Odd Arne Westad, Foreign Affairs, 13 June 2024 Not all acknowledgments of moral fault, though, are rightly understood as ways of arguing in favor of neutrality or nonintervention. Michael Blake, The Conversation, 31 May 2024 Unlike that of so many Latin American nations, Chile’s military had a lengthy tradition of respect for constitutional rule, with smooth transitions between presidencies guaranteed by its strict nonintervention in political affairs. Ariel Dorfman, The New York Review of Books, 31 Aug. 2023 In standard accounts, the Peace of Westphalia, concluded in 1648, was the founding moment of the modern system of nation-states, establishing sovereignty as an absolute right and the principle of nonintervention in the domestic affairs of other countries. Thomas Peak, Foreign Affairs, 19 Apr. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonintervention was in 1831

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“Nonintervention.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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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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