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- Supportive of warlike foreign policy; bellicose; inclined toward military action.
- The Prime Minister could count on the support of a hawkish majority in Parliament to support the invasion.
- Favouring increasing interest rates; inclined towards increasing interest rates.
- The Federal Reserve's recent statement on the slowing of inflation was interpreted as hawkish by the market.
- (bellicose): dovish