Definition Of belligerent


a nation or person engaged in war or conflict, as recognized by international law.

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.

hostile and aggressive.

a bull-necked, belligerent old man

Example Of belligerent

  • A belligerent stance was one's only deterrent against other people whose interests were in conflict with one's own.

  • A moment later their threatening and belligerent attitude made him realize he and Les were outnumbered and outweighed.

  • Aggressive or belligerent behavior would have undermined the objectives of the expedition and could well have proved suicidal.

  • And I think we do need to hear what they are saying because they act as a restraint to an aggressive or belligerent response’.

  • At first the committee had to work covertly as under the Neutrality Acts an American could lose his citizenship if he fought in the armed forces of a belligerent power.

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