/bəˈlɪdʒ ər əns/
a warlike or aggressively hostile nature, condition, or attitude.
an act of carrying on war; warfare.
Can be confused
the act or quality of being belligerent or warlike; aggressiveness
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The definition of belligerence or hostility could vary the results of the study significantly.
No one is ascribing any specific belligerence to them.
His onstage belligerence and posturing have also occasioned strong critical reproof.
No sooner had flying been invented than it was turned to belligerence.
But along with his belligerence he displayed a comic zest in inventive, sometimes outrageous actions.
The strange combination of hippy permissiveness and teenage belligerence is the school's undoing.
Belligerence in sports was hardly exclusive to one particular era, culture or race.
Not only does it appear far too often, but it lends an unnecessary tone of belligerence to commonplace disagreements.
The inclusiveness of the experience was remarkable, given the space race's origins in an atmosphere of fear and belligerence.
And now, faced with explanations, the belligerence starts.
But it risks injecting unnecessary belligerence into the discussion, and it obscures critical aspects of the currency dynamic.
Do not interpret a parent's advocacy as belligerence or as a criticism.
The other three scenarios depicted conflict over a toy, name-calling, and physical belligerence.
Her belligerence to staff, however, caused her to be expelled from that program.
The patient was placed in seclusion on the basis of increased agitation and belligerence.
Intimidation, belligerence, bullying or other inappropriate behavior directed at others.