the position or status as a belligerent; state of being actually engaged in war.

1860–65; belliger(ent) + -ency Unabridged
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belligerency (bɪˈlɪdʒərənsɪ)
the state of being at war

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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.

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Example sentences
Whether it works or not, it shows how much the nature of modern belligerency is
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
We are prepared to take substantial territorial steps in return for an end to
  acts of belligerency.
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