police action


noun

a relatively localized military action undertaken by regular armed forces, without a formal declaration of war, against guerrillas, insurgents, or other forces held to be violating international peace and order.

Nearby words

  1. polglish,
  2. poli sci,
  3. poliakoff,
  4. polianite,
  5. police,
  6. police car,
  7. police court,
  8. police dog,
  9. police force,
  10. police motu

Origin of police action

First recorded in 1880–85

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