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[dis-ahr-muh-muh nt] /dɪsˈɑr mə mənt/
the act or an instance of disarming.
the reduction or limitation of the size, equipment, armament, etc., of the army, navy, or air force of a country.
Origin of disarmament
1785-95; disarm + -ament, after armament
Related forms
nondisarmament, noun
prodisarmament, adjective Unabridged
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  • This 1961 Arden House meeting dealt with the problem of disarmament.

  • The late war was not a war to end war, nor was it a war for disarmament.

    The American Empire

    Scott Nearing
  • There's the Spanish view of the matter—if you are for peace and harmony and disarmament.'

  • Organisation is needed, he says, and is just as important as disarmament.

    My Wonderful Visit Charlie Chaplin
  • In looking for a cause his eye fell naturally on the problem of disarmament.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
British Dictionary definitions for disarmament


the reduction of offensive or defensive fighting capability, as by a nation
the act of disarming or state of being disarmed
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Word Origin and History for disarmament

1795; see dis- + armament.

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