Definition of belligerent in English:

belligerent

Syllabification: bel·lig·er·ent
Pronunciation: /bəˈlijərənt
 
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adjective

noun

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  • A nation or person engaged in war or conflict, as recognized by international law.
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    • Moreover, as against states not parties to an international armed conflict, belligerents enjoy no special privileges and remain bound by general rules of international law.
    • In rejecting this challenge, the Court drew the distinction between the common law notion of lawful and unlawful belligerents.
    • The customary laws of war, when adapted for conflict with unlawful belligerents, must always incorporate rules of humanitarian restraint.

Derivatives

belligerently

adverb
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  • ‘Don't even think about asking,’ he cautioned belligerently.
  • But she later changed tack, reverting to a belligerently confrontational stance.
  • ‘I never started explaining,’ Penelope pointed out belligerently.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin belligerant- 'waging war', from the verb belligerare, from bellum 'war'.

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