Definition of non-aligned in English:



  • 1Not aligned with something else.

    • ‘Both countries have clout within the African, Arab, and non-aligned groups.’
    • ‘These gangs were later joined by the 26, who added more pressure to the authorities and non-aligned inmates.’
    • ‘The broad consequence of an endless spotlight on novelty has, of course, been a corresponding neglect of individualistic but non-aligned art and artists.’
    • ‘A small number of non-aligned figures has already emerged; there may be more before polling day.’
    • ‘There are three non-aligned convenors in this body of five.’
    • ‘Perhaps only the non-aligned can bring themselves to believe that encounters billed as the most important in the Scottish season do not actually amount to much in the scheme of things.’
    • ‘Factional negotiations often assume that a faction ‘owns’ a particular seat, and that the election of a non-aligned candidate is an anomaly.’
    • ‘Dreadlocks symbolise rebellion - being unconventional and non-aligned.’
    • ‘We trust that non-aligned veterans will see their way clear to show support and strength and march this year with us.’
    • ‘His departure left bitterness among his local supporters and the allegations which he still faces alarmed party supporters, opponents and non-aligned voters alike.’
    • ‘One of the strengths of the Police Association has always been that it has remained politically non-aligned.’
    • ‘Laurie Ebert is one of a very small number of financial planners who - while charging a commission - says he is determinedly non-aligned.’
    • ‘I write as a non-aligned Londoner who temporarily lives and works near Edinburgh, and who likes it very much.’
    • ‘Swinscoe has escaped his influences and marked out his own genus of non-aligned spiritual music.’
    • ‘If, like many local voters, you are considering not bothering to vote on May 1 precisely for the reasons I have laid out, I urge you to think again and consider voting for an independent or non-aligned candidate.’
    • ‘That strikes me as a very accurate picture of contemporary American culture: the intellectuals, like Harold Bloom and the late Susan Sontag, are all avowedly non-professional and non-aligned.’
    • ‘The result, to every non-aligned observer, was obvious.’
    • ‘After this meeting, there were private discussions with some guesthouse owners and, hearteningly, some non-aligned farmers.’
    • ‘Asked about England's chances this non-aligned observer has only two words left: why not?’
    • ‘Since October 1, parts manufacturers who supply original equipment to the car makers are free to sell those same parts under their own brand names to non-aligned repair shops and distribute them as they see fit.’
    neutral, impartial, non-partisan, uninvolved, unallied, unattached, unaffiliated, uncommitted, floating, independent
    sitting on the fence
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    1. 1.1Relating to a state in the Non-Aligned Movement.
      ‘India's non-aligned policy’
      • ‘There have been enormous changes, and still the official line of Austria is that we are militarily a non-aligned country.’
      • ‘Currently South Africa has taken this leadership role and Canada must do more to complement the emerging drive of non-aligned countries.’
      • ‘These new commitments were all the more remarkable for their achievement under the presidency of one the EU's four non-aligned member states.’
      • ‘All of those tactics have been used by protestors against US-flagged aircraft I flew into non-aligned countries.’
      • ‘An independent foreign policy, let alone the idea that we might become part of a non-aligned bloc in world affairs, has never had much purchase here, our nuclear-free status notwithstanding.’