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Failure or refusal to intervene, especially in the affairs of another nation.

non′in·ter·ven′tion·ist n.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) refusal to intervene, esp the abstention by a state from intervening in the affairs of other states or in its own internal disputes
ˌnoninterˈventional adj
ˌnoninterˈventionist n, adj
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(ˌnɒn ɪn tərˈvɛn ʃən)

1. abstention by a nation from interference in the affairs of other nations or its own political subdivisions.
2. failure or refusal to intervene.
non`in•ter•ven′tion•ist, n., adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonintervention - a foreign policy of staying out of other countries' disputes
foreign policy - a policy governing international relations
interference, intervention - a policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries
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[ˈnɒnˌɪntəˈvɛnʃn] nnon intervento
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"Wait, I have not finished..." he said to Prince Andrew, seizing him by the arm, "I believe that intervention will be stronger than nonintervention. And..." he paused.
Those who took exercise classes three times a week and ate a healthy lowglycaemic index diet rich in protein, fruit and vegetables rated their asthma symptoms score 50 per cent lower than patients in the nonintervention control group.
Over the past five-and-a-half years, the Obama White House has used the Syria echo chamber it created in the American press and on social media to defend and advance the president's policy of nonintervention against the Assad regime.
Jiangsu, China, May 14 (SUNA) - The State Minister at the Ministry of Information and Secretary of Media at the National Congress (NC) Party Yassir Yousuf has underlined that the cooperation between the NC and the Chinese Communist Party represents new look in the international relations basing on mutual respect and nonintervention in the internal affairs to serve the interests of the two peoples.
Two intervention communities used three AGO traps per home for vector control whereas the other two, nonintervention communities, used only surveillance traps to monitor mosquito population densities.
The Government's nonintervention is clear for everyone to see, since their economic and financial policy framework, a legacy of the previous Tory government, was never going to lead to any bailout to allow steel production to continue.
Keywords: Bandung Conference, nonintervention, disarmament, human rights, norms.
In its report the committee said: "Witnesses have suggested that nonintervention could have wider global implications than merely in the current area of concern.
This debate would develop itself into a kind of exception to nonintervention principle on further arguments, owing to the fact that, UN has not such illegal intervention been punished, neither condemned nor pushing for an end to Uganda's illegal army deployment.
If the use of electrocautery was required in patients allocated to the nonintervention group, this protocol deviation was to be annotated; however, no such situation occurred during the study period.
As a result, ASEAN's dynamic involvement fluctuated between nonintervention and intervention.
There were no significant differences in age, race, or sex between the nonintervention and intervention groups.