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noun

a condition marked by armed conflict between or among states, existing whether or not war has been declared formally by any of the belligerents.
a legal condition initiated and concluded by formal declaration, and not necessarily involving armed conflict.
the duration of such a condition.

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Origin of state of war

First recorded in 1945–50
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state of war

noun

a period of armed conflict between states, regardless of whether or not war has been officially declared
a legal condition begun by a declaration of war and ended formally, during which the rules of international law applicable to warfare may be invoked
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