armed neutrality


military preparedness without commitment, especially as the expressed policy of a neutral nation in wartime; readiness to counter with force an invasion of rights by any belligerent power.

Nearby words

  1. armchair,
  2. armco,
  3. armed,
  4. armed forces,
  5. armed forces day,
  6. armed response unit,
  7. armed response vehicle,
  8. armed robbery,
  9. armed to the teeth,
  10. armen.

Origin of armed neutrality

First recorded in 1770–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019