Non-Belligerent Law and Legal Definition

A non-belligerent refers to a person, a state, or other organization that does not take part in aggression. A non-belligerent country may be different from a neutral country in that it may be actively supporting one side or the other without actually fighting.

In a situation of civil unrest, such as a riot, civilians may be divided into belligerents, those actually fighting or intending to fight, and non-belligerents who are merely bystanders.