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asymmetric warfare

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noun
warfare in which opposing groups or nations have unequal military resources, and the weaker opponent uses unconventional weapons and tactics, as terrorism, to exploit the vulnerabilities of the enemy.
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Origin of asymmetric warfare

First recorded in 1990–95
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