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.
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How to use limited war in a sentence
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We intend to wage a so-called "limited war," when there is, in fact, no such thing.
We are left, in fact, with an impression that there must be two kinds of limited war.
Before leaving the general consideration of limited war, we have still to deal with a form of it that has not yet been mentioned.
Now these are in effect the conditions which limited war should give—that is, if the theatre and method be rightly chosen.
In the Japanese case the immediate political object was exceptionally well adapted for the use of limited war.
The theoretical weakness of limited war at this point is the arrest of your offensive action.
British Dictionary definitions for limited war
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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