not aligned: nonaligned machine parts.
not allied with or favoring any other nation or bloc: nonaligned African nations.


a nonaligned person or nation.

Origin of nonaligned

1955–60; non- + aligned Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-aligned

Contemporary Examples of non-aligned

  • Perhaps the most conspicuous guest at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran is Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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    Iran's Chummy Talks With India

    Brian Stewart

    August 29, 2012

  • Gaddafi arrives at a 1989 non-aligned summit in Belgrade with two horses and six camels in tow.

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    Muammar Gaddafi's 25 Strangest Moments

    David A. Graham

    February 23, 2011

  • Will Obama decommission the U.S. Army, join the Non-Aligned Movement and invite Robert Mugabe to Camp David?

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    How Obama Divides—and Conquers

    Michael Fullilove

    May 16, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for non-aligned



(of states) not part of a major alliance or power bloc, esp not allied to the US, China, or formerly the Soviet Union
Derived Formsnonalignment, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-aligned

also nonaligned, 1960 in geopolitical sense, from non- + past participle of align. Non-alignment (also nonalignment) in this sense is attested from 1934.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper