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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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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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