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asymmetric warfare

noun
1.
warfare in which opposing groups or nations have unequal military resources, and the weaker opponent uses unconventional weapons and tactics, as terrorism, to exploit the vulnerabilities of the enemy.
Also, asymmetrical warfare.
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British Dictionary definitions for asymmetrical warfare

asymmetrical warfare

noun
1.
warfare between a powerful military force and a weak guerilla force
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Contemporary definitions for asymmetrical warfare
noun

a conflict in which a much weaker opponent uses unorthodox or surprise tactics to attack the weak points of the much stronger opponent, esp. involving terrorism, guerilla warfare, etc.

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