unbelligerent

belligerent

[buh-lij-er-uhnt]
adjective
1.
warlike; given to waging war.
2.
of warlike character; aggressively hostile; bellicose: a belligerent tone.
3.
waging war; engaged in war: a peace treaty between belligerent powers.
4.
pertaining to war or to those engaged in war: belligerent rights.
noun
5.
a state or nation at war.
6.
a member of the military forces of such a state.

Origin:
1570–80; < Latin belliger waging war (belli-, combining form of bellum war + ger-, base of gerere to conduct) + -ent; replacing belligerant < Latin belligerant- (stem of belligerāns, present participle of belligerāre to wage war; see -ant)

belligerently, adverb
interbelligerent, adjective
unbelligerent, adjective
unbelligerently, adverb

belligerence, belligerents.


2. pugnacious, truculent, combative, quarrelsome, antagonistic, contentious.
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belligerent (bɪˈlɪdʒərənt)
 
adj
1.  marked by readiness to fight or argue; aggressive: a belligerent tone
2.  relating to or engaged in a legally recognized war or warfare
 
n
3.  a person or country engaged in fighting or war
 
[C16: from Latin belliger, from bellum war + gerere to wage]

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belligerent
1570s, from L. belligerantem (nom. belligerans), pp. of belligerare "to wage war," from bellum "war" + gerere "to bear, to carry." The noun meaning "party or nation at war" is from 1811. Related: Belligerence; belligerency.
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