from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state of being at war or being engaged in a warlike conflict.
- n. Belligerence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the state of being at war or in an armed conflict
- n. hostile or aggressive behaviour
- n. the willingness to fight; belligerence
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Position or status as a belligerent; the state of being actually engaged in war.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fighting; acts of overt warfare
- n. hostile or warlike attitude or nature
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That's why I think the focus on "lawful belligerency" is helpful.
Unprivileged belligerency is not a violation of the law of war for Omar Khadr any more than it would be for you to fight against an invading army to protect your home and family.
McCain by the way consistently mentions Israel in the context of Iran, placing it front and center in his narrative of belligerency, which is interesting given that this approach is something that the Israelis themselves seek to discourage.
It was not a recognition of belligerency, which is only a recognition that war exists; it was not a virtual recognition, which is a recognition only for commercial purposes; but it was what Pomeroy and Fillmore define to be a formal recognition -- that is, an absolute recognition of independence and sovereignty.
In state-to-state armed conflict, combatants have a privilege of belligerency, meaning they cannot be prosecuted under domestic criminal law for mere participation in hostilities, so their detention must be governed by other law, namely the international law of international armed conflict.
Citizenship in the United States of an enemy belligerent does not relieve him from the consequences of a belligerency which is unlawful because [sic] in violation of the law of war.
This facile solution to daunting security problems reflects the mindless belligerency that passes for strategic thought among the Republicans 'Nintendo warriors.
Farinas had won one battle but still remains in a fierce war against death, because the land that has seen the action of this singular belligerency is his own body -- ultimately the only space available to him to carry out this campaign.
Farinas had won one battle, but still remains in a fierce war against death, because the land that has seen the action of this singular belligerency is his own body -- ultimately the only space available to him to carry out this campaign.
This, despite the fact that Cuba had not engaged in any act of belligerency against the United States.
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