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law of war

noun
1.
rules or a code of rules governing the rights and duties of belligerents in an international war.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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law of war

that part of international law dealing with the inception, conduct, and termination of warfare. Its aim is to limit the suffering caused to combatants and, more particularly, to those who may be described as the victims of war-that is, noncombatant civilians and those no longer able to take part in hostilities. Thus, the wounded, the sick, the shipwrecked, and prisoners of war also require protection by law

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