noun Date: 1863 1. the state of being at war or in conflict; specifically the status of a legally recognized belligerent state or nation 2. belligerence

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  • belligerency — bel·lig·er·en·cy /bə li jə rən sē/ n: the state of being at war or in conflict; specif: the status whereby a recognized military force is granted the protection of the international laws of war Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • belligerency — [bə lij′ərən sē] n. 1. the state of being at war or of being recognized as a belligerent 2. BELLIGERENCE …   English World dictionary

  • belligerency — n. 1) to demonstrate, display, exhibit belligerency 2) a state of belligerency 3) belligerency towards * * * [bɪ lɪdʒ(ə)rənsɪ] display exhibit belligerency a state of belligerency to demonstrate belligerency towards …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Belligerency — Belligerence Bel*lig er*ence, Belligerency Bel*lig er*en*cy, n. The quality of being belligerent. [1913 Webster] 2. the act or state of being engaged in war or a warlike conflict; warfare. Syn: hostilities. [WordNet 1.5] 3. an aggressively… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belligerency — /beuh lij euhr euhn see/, n. 1. the position or status as a belligerent; state of being actually engaged in war. 2. belligerence. [1860 65; BELLIGER(ENT) + ENCY] * * * ▪ international law       the condition of being in fact engaged in war. A… …   Universalium

  • belligerency — See belligerent; recognition of belligerency …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • belligerency — noun a) the state of being at war or in an armed conflict b) hostile or aggressive behaviour …   Wiktionary

  • belligerency — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. A state of open, prolonged fighting: conflict, confrontation, hostility (used in plural), strife, struggle, war, warfare. See CONFLICT. 2. Warlike or hostile attitude or nature: bellicoseness, bellicosity,… …   English dictionary for students

  • belligerency — bel lig·er·en·cy || rÉ™nsɪ n. hostility; aggressiveness, warlike state …   English contemporary dictionary

  • belligerency — bel·lig·er·en·cy …   English syllables

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