Definition of armed neutrality in English:

armed neutrality


  • [mass noun] Neutrality maintained while weapons are kept available.

    • ‘Unlike the neutral countries: here the obligatory myth involved armed neutrality on the one hand, and humanitarian aid on the other.’
    • ‘In 1801 Danish participation in a league of armed neutrality against the rigorous search for contraband by the Royal Navy unleashed a fierce response, with Nelson triumphing at the battle of Copenhagen.’
    • ‘This loss led to the gradual emergence of armed neutrality, a basic feature of Switzerland's political tradition.’
    • ‘Sweden followed a policy of armed neutrality during World War II and currently remains nonaligned.’
    • ‘And, despite the plethora of highly placed traitors in our midst and the damage they did to the security of Britain, and the Western Alliance, survive we did, and continue to do so, in a state of armed neutrality.’
    • ‘Since the 1950s, Sweden has followed a policy of armed neutrality, with defence spending being a relatively high 2.1% of GDP.’
    • ‘In 1965 I began advocating armed neutrality for Australia, on the lines of Sweden or Switzerland.’
    • ‘The Congress of Vienna in 1815 re-established the old confederation of sovereign states and enshrined Switzerland's status of permanent armed neutrality in international law.’
    • ‘My current state of armed neutrality is wearing a bit thin.’
    • ‘Until their long-term path could be settled upon, however, Brownlow advocated that the Border States ‘stay aloof’ while pursuing a course of armed neutrality.’
    • ‘Wilson severed diplomatic relations with Germany on 3 February 1917, but before seeking a declaration of war he first explored armed neutrality.’
    • ‘The northern powers (Russia, Prussia, Denmark, and Sweden) formed a league of armed neutrality to resist the British right of search at sea.’