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buffer zone

noun
1.
a neutral zone or area between two potentially hostile nations, designed to prevent any overt acts of aggression.
2.
any area serving to mitigate or neutralize potential conflict.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10
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Examples from the web for buffer zone
  • There should be a buffer zone between the agenda-laden politicians and the true, knowledge-seeking scientists.
  • Others share a vision of the buffer zone as a peace park, dedicated to biodiversity and ecotourism.
  • We concluded that the parks are really in jeopardy by buffer zone villagers and poaching.
  • Yet he also ruled out intervening to create a buffer zone.
  • The aim is to set up a buffer zone between the warring armies and factions.
  • By the end of last year, rebels backed by the three had created a buffer zone in the east of the country.
  • The partial elimination of the buffer zone carries risks.
  • As for parents who feel that they need a buffer zone from their children, maybe they shouldn't have kids in the first place.
  • New buildings went up on what had effectively been a buffer zone of scrubland and, later, parking lots.
  • Replace lawn next to the lake with a six to eight-foot-wide buffer zone of low-growing plants.
British Dictionary definitions for buffer zone

buffer zone

noun
1.
an area lying between two states and providing each with protection from the other
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