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war powers

plural noun
  1. the powers exercised by the president or by Congress during a war or a crisis affecting national security.
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Origin of war powers

First recorded in 1760–70
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Historical Examples of war powers

  • That of the President is derived from the war-powers; but these are not sealed to Congress.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 72, October, 1863