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disarmament

[dis-ahr-muh-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the act or an instance of disarming.
  2. the reduction or limitation of the size, equipment, armament, etc., of the army, navy, or air force of a country.
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Origin of disarmament

1785–95; disarm + -ament, after armament
Related formsnon·dis·ar·ma·ment, nounpro·dis·ar·ma·ment, adjective
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Related Words

demobilizationdemilitarizationdisqualificationconquestfreezeoccupationpacificationsubjugationdisablementcrippling

Examples from the Web for disarmament

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Historical Examples

  • 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

disarmament

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

n.

1795; see dis- + armament.

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