peace dividend


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The economy enjoyed an era of growth, helped by the peace dividend. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 In reality, there was no peace dividend to the people. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 Veterans were attending college on the GI Bill and many citizens felt entitled to a peace dividend. John Avlon, CNN, 7 June 2022 And a continuation of decades of the post-Cold War peace dividend may be equally improbable. Howard Gleckman, Forbes, 26 May 2022 European leaders cashed in their peace dividend on health care systems and neglected their militaries. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 However, on December 16, UK politician Natalie Bennett introduced the peace dividend in a parliamentary debate on international development. Christine Ro, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Too young to remember when defense spending dropped, the budget balanced and politicians bickered over a peace dividend. George Stanley,, 30 Aug. 2021 One of the great lost opportunities of the Cold War, which has extended well into the post-9/11 era, is that the United States never experienced a real peace dividend following World War II. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 12 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peace dividend was in 1968

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“Peace dividend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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