Definition of non-intervention in English:



mass noun
  • The principle or practice of not becoming involved in the affairs of other countries.

    ‘the party supported the policy of non-intervention’
    • ‘The policy of government non-intervention has remained popular since the 19th century, and is likely to play an important role in economic policy making in the future.’
    • ‘The crucial choice - of non-intervention, sanctions, or war - will ultimately be dictated by national interests alone.’
    • ‘‘International law promotes non-intervention in internal matters, but there can be exceptions,’ he says.’
    • ‘The effectiveness of an intervention has to be judged relative to non-intervention.’
    • ‘Furthermore many armies have a long and determined tradition of non-intervention in civil affairs.’
    • ‘It is one of the masks worn by English surrealist artists in a protest against the British government policy of non-intervention.’
    • ‘One certain consequence was that Britain and Russia agreed on a future policy of non-intervention, thus making it possible for China to reassert its authority.’
    • ‘This is not an easy conundrum to resolve and each tactic - intervention and non-intervention - carries risks.’
    • ‘A return to the traditional conservative values of non-intervention and prudence is called for.’
    • ‘The key factor making war a more attractive option than diplomacy is the collapse of any popular support for the principle of non-intervention.’
    • ‘Four weeks later, the Labour leaders declared that the Spanish government should have the right to buy arms and in 1937 both the Labour Party and the TUC condemned the policy of non-intervention.’
    • ‘This competitive logic of power politics makes agreement on universal principles difficult, apart from the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other sovereign states.’
    • ‘Italy intervened on the side of Franco, while the French government followed a policy of non-intervention.’
    • ‘This demonstrates clearly the problem encountered when reconciling self-determination with territorial integrity and the principle of non-intervention in domestic affairs of States.’
    • ‘Moreover, collective security had been developed within the framework of a clearly defined inter-state order enshrining principles of sovereignty and non-intervention.’
    • ‘So does humanitarian intervention violate the UN Charter's acceptance of the principle of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of another sovereign state?’
    • ‘However, the mission marks another dramatic shift away from a general policy of non-intervention in the affairs of sovereign nations.’
    • ‘The ideological dispute between absolutists proclaiming a right of intervention to suppress revolutions and liberals proclaiming a doctrine of non-intervention made little difference in practice.’
    • ‘Watson sees all this as good, making a sustained argument against the excesses of sovereignty and non-intervention in international society, and in favour of more acceptance of hegemonial authority.’
    • ‘As this line erodes, the principle of non-intervention must also weaken.’
    laissez-faire, neutrality, non-alignment, non-participation, non-interference, non-interventionism, non-involvement, a hands-off approach, inaction, passivity
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