[dis-ahr-muh-muh nt]


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 formsnon·dis·ar·ma·ment, nounpro·dis·ar·ma·ment, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of disarmament

Historical Examples of disarmament

  • 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.


    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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