- a neutral zone or area between two potentially hostile nations, designed to prevent any overt acts of aggression.
- any area serving to mitigate or neutralize potential conflict.
Origin of buffer zone
First recorded in 1905–10
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- an area lying between two states and providing each with protection from the other
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