limited war


noun

a war conducted with less than a nation's total resources and restricted in aim to less than total defeat of the enemy.
a war restricted to a relatively small area of the world and involving few warring nations.

Nearby words

  1. limited liability,
  2. limited monarchy,
  3. limited partner,
  4. limited partnership,
  5. limited policy,
  6. limited-payment life insurance,
  7. limited-slip differential,
  8. limitedly,
  9. limiter,
  10. limites

Origin of limited war

First recorded in 1935–40

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British Dictionary definitions for limited war

limited war

noun

a war in which the belligerents do not seek the total destruction of the enemy, esp one in which nuclear weapons are deliberately not used
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