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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.
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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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Bush, and Barack Obama, and the warm embrace of current Prime Minister Modi with President Donald Trump, New Delhi appears to be signaling its willingness to shed its commitment to nonalignment and strategic autonomy, and albeit gingerly, enter into an arranged partnership if not marriage.
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Each fixture provides the capability to compensate the nonalignment between the transmitting and receiving transducers.
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. Such partnerships are equal, peaceful and inclusive in nature.
He defined it 'as not for or against anybody but equidistant to everyone.' 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.
While setting the time nonalignment, two things must be taken into account.
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.
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.