[ non-in-ter-ven-shuhn ]
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  1. abstention by a nation from interference in the affairs of other nations or in those of its own political subdivisions.

  2. failure or refusal to intervene.

Origin of nonintervention

First recorded in 1820–30; non- + intervention

Other words from nonintervention

  • non·in·ter·ven·tion·al, adjective
  • non·in·ter·ven·tion·al·ist, noun
  • non·in·ter·ven·tion·ism, noun
  • non·in·ter·ven·tion·ist, noun, adjective

Words Nearby nonintervention Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use nonintervention in a sentence

  • Here at the Antipodes we have founded a democracy, and in a democracy the government motto should be nonintervention.

    Recollections | David Christie Murray

British Dictionary definitions for nonintervention


/ (ˌnɒnɪntəˈvɛnʃən) /

  1. refusal to intervene, esp the abstention by a state from intervening in the affairs of other states or in its own internal disputes

Derived forms of nonintervention

  • noninterventional, adjective
  • noninterventionist, noun, adjective

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