non·​in·​ter·​ven·​tion | \ ˌnän-ˌin-tər-ˈven(t)-shən How to pronounce nonintervention (audio) \

Definition of nonintervention

: the state or policy of not intervening nonintervention in the affairs of other countries

Other Words from nonintervention

noninterventionist \ ˌnän-​ˌin-​tər-​ˈven(t)-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce nonintervention (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of nonintervention in a Sentence

The country has adopted a policy of nonintervention.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 China today claims to have a long history of nonintervention in other countries’ affairs, but historical evidence to the contrary is overwhelming. Julian Gewirtz, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020 Gabbard has a foreign policy platform of nonintervention and Clinton offered no evidence for her claim. Evan Sernoffsky,, 20 Oct. 2019 The majority government has addressed its reasoning behind their nonintervention stance numerous times. NBC News, 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of nonintervention

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonintervention.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonintervention

: refusal to become involved in another country's business, problems, etc.

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