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Does this sentence:
Until the nineteenth century,average of nearly every second year.
European countries were at war with one or more of their neighbours for an
say that before the 19th c. different countries in Europe were fighting with each other nearly every second year, for example one war in 1780 and another one in 1782?
You might also be interested to know: the word "second" was imported from French after the conquest in 1066 CE.
Before this, the English word "other" served the same purpose, and it still survives today in its meaning of "a different one" and in the sense of 2nd in "every other day, every other year..."