belligerency

[buh-lij-er-uhn-see]
noun
1.
the position or status as a belligerent; state of being actually engaged in war.

Origin:
1860–65; belliger(ent) + -ency

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To belligerency
Collins
World English Dictionary
belligerency (bɪˈlɪdʒərənsɪ)
 
n
the state of being at war

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

belligerency

the condition of being in fact engaged in war. A nation is deemed a belligerent even when resorting to war in order to withstand or punish an aggressor. A declaration of war is not necessary to create a state of belligerency. For example, the United States and the People's Republic of China were belligerents during the Korean conflict, though both parties avoided characterizing the hostilities as war.

Learn more about belligerency with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Whether it works or not, it shows how much the nature of modern belligerency is
  changing.
There is still that immense desire to please, but it now seems rooted in
  belligerency, rather than vulnerability.
Do not complain, avoid belligerency, and comply with all orders and
  instructions.
We are prepared to take substantial territorial steps in return for an end to
  acts of belligerency.
Related Searches
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;