peace dividend

noun

Definition of peace dividend 

: a portion of funds made available for nondefense spending by a reduction in the defense budget (as after a war)

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The post-Cold War peace dividend brought congressional budget caps in the late 1990s that had the armed services yearning to jettison aging or underutilized bases. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Celebration of S.A. military coming to a rejuvenated Fort Sam," 3 May 2018 Shea is genuinely pleased by how far crime has fallen, and optimistic that CompStat can take advantage of the peace dividend to improve community relations. Chris Smith, Daily Intelligencer, "The Controversial Crime-Fighting Program That Changed Big-City Policing Forever," 2 Mar. 2018 Aside from power returning, the peace dividends from dismantling the Sweeney Fortified Compound are many. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Trump touches down in Fort Myers," 14 Sep. 2017

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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peace dividend

noun

English Language Learners Definition of peace dividend

: money that a government originally planned to spend on its military that becomes available for other things when a situation changes (such as when a war ends)

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