v. To avoid conflict; a military strategy that attempts to route planes and other vehicles so they do not conflict with each other. Also: deconflict.

Example Citation:
Mr. Secretary, will the continuation of the fight in Afghanistan from the American point of view delay the deployment of a multinational force?

MR. WOLFOWITZ: No. We believe that the multinational — I guess it's called the security assistance force for Kabul can be deployed, and we can de-conflict its mission from our mission.
—"Defense Department Operational Update," Federal News Service, December 18, 2001

Earliest Citation:
Deconflict: The task of keeping coalition aircraft separated in an attack so they don't interfere with each other or shoot each other down.
—People, "Terms of Bombardment," People, Spring/Summer 1991

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