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. . 1996.

I noun affray, aggression, aggressiveness, altercation, animosity, antagonism, assault, attack, battling, bellicosity, belligerance, clashing, combat, combativeness, conflict, contentiousness, contestation, controversy, disagreement, discord, disputation, dissension, disturbance, embroilment, encounter, enmity, feud, fighting, fracas, hostility, impugnation, impugnment, inimicality, malevolence, martiality, melee, militancy, opposition, oppugnancy, oppugnation, pugnaciousness, pugnacity, resort to arms, revengefulness, riot, rivalry, scuffle, siege, sparring, state of siege, state of war, strife, time of war, tumult, tussle, unpeacefulness, violence, warfare, warlikeness, wartime, wrangle associated concepts: adverse possession, belligerency de facto, international law, national defense II index argument (contention), conflict, ill will, strife

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

the state of carrying on war.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

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