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Not allied with any other nation or bloc; neutral: A group of 20 nonaligned nations urged a treaty to ban space weapons.

non′a·lign′ment n.


The political attitude of a state that does not associate or identify itself with the political ideology or objective espoused by other states, groups of states, or international causes, or with the foreign policies stemming therefrom. It does not preclude involvement, but expresses the attitude of no precommitment to a particular state (or block) or policy before a situation arises.
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Noun1.nonalignment - people (or countries) who are not aligned with other people (or countries) in a pact or treaty
social group - people sharing some social relation
alignment, alinement, coalition, alliance - an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
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The commitment of both to the UN charter and principles of nonalignment is irrevocable.
It came virtually on the heels of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, and the Indian collapse had been so complete that Pandit Nehru had abandoned his cherished nonalignment to ask US help in the form of air support.
1922 - Northern Ireland votes for nonalignment in Irish Free State.
Xi Jinping highlights that China needs to make as many friends as possible and build a global network of partnerships while upholding the principle of nonalignment.
If Almonte's definition is accepted, then we have, effectively, a policy of nonalignment.
Among the issues worth discussing: respect for Chinese economic interests in North Korea, withdrawal of US forces after reunification, and military nonalignment of a unified Korea.
Sri Lanka, after a near decade of pro-China policies under former president MahindaRajapaksa, has retreated to tacit nonalignment with Sirisena's administration and may be eyed by Washington and Tokyo as low hanging fruit.
Shanghai Spirit emphasises on the principles of harmony, working via consensus, respect for other cultures, non-interference in others' internal affairs, and nonalignment.
From nonalignment, it is transitioning to multi-alignment, or what can also be called quasi-alliances, or overlapping partnerships.
On the contrary, it is nonalignment that demonstrates the Cold War mentality.
First, I focus on the cross-cutting aspects of issue alignment and issue nonalignment as well as the importance of focusing on the domestic level before negotiation positions are fixed.