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Princeton's WordNet

  1. armistice, cease-fire, trucenoun

    a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms


  1. cease-firenoun

    alternative spelling of ceasefire


  1. cease-fire

    A ceasefire (also known as a truce or armistice), also spelled cease fire (the antonym of 'open fire'), is a temporary stoppage of a war in which each side agrees with the other to suspend aggressive actions. Ceasefires may be between state actors or involve non-state actors. Ceasefires may be declared as part of a formal treaty, but also as part of an informal understanding between opposing forces. They may occur via mediation or otherwise as part of a peace process or be imposed by United Nations Security Council resolutions via Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.The immediate goal of a ceasefire is to stop violence, but the underlying purposes of ceasefires vary. Ceasefires may be intended to meet short-term limited needs (such as providing humanitarian aid), manage a conflict to make it less devastating, or advance efforts to peacefully resolve a dispute. An actor may not always intend for a ceasefire to advance the peaceful resolution of a conflict, but instead give the actor an upper hand in the conflict (for example, by re-arming and reposition forces or attacking an unsuspecting adversary), which creates bargaining problems that may make ceasefires less likely to be implemented and less likely to be durable if implemented.The durability of ceasefire agreements is affected by several factors, such as demilitarized zones, withdrawal of troops and third-party guarantees and monitoring (e.g. peacekeeping). Ceasefire agreements are more likely to be durable when they reduce incentives to attack, reduce uncertainty about the adversary's intentions, and when mechanisms are put in place to prevent and control accidents from developing into conflict.


  1. cease-fire

    A cease-fire is a temporary pause, suspension, or end to any form of conflict, hostility, or warfare agreed upon by the parties involved. It is usually the result of peace talks or negotiations, often used as a step towards a more permanent resolution or peace agreement. During a ceasefire, no military actions are taken by any sides involved in the conflict.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cease-fire in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cease-fire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of cease-fire in a Sentence

  1. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf:

    Russia bears direct responsibility for preventing these attacks and implementing a cease-fire.

  2. Vassily Nebenzia:

    A negotiated cease-fire…will take place when conditions that were put forward by Russia will be implemented, conditions are demilitarization of Ukraine, densification of Ukraine. No threat which comes from the territory to Russia. No joining NATO.

  3. Diego Carlos:

    The story moved me. Knowing that he died just hours before the cease-fire. ... its sad like all war stories, i just turned 60 and I demand our sovereignty over Las Malvinas, but I also pay homage to all of those who died Argentine and British because I think thats the way to rebuild.

  4. Catherine Russell:

    In just a few weeks, the war has wrought such devastation for Ukraine’s children, children urgently need peace and protection. They need their rights. UNICEF continues to appeal for an immediate cease-fire and for the protection of children from harm. Essential infrastructure on which children depend, including hospitals, schools and buildings sheltering civilians, must never come under attack.

  5. Ukraine Ukraine military:

    But the last day was not a cease-fire.

Translations for cease-fire

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  • फ़ायर रोकनाHindi
  • припинення вогнюUkrainian

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