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limited war

noun
1.
a war conducted with less than a nation's total resources and restricted in aim to less than total defeat of the enemy.
2.
a war restricted to a relatively small area of the world and involving few warring nations.
Origin of limited war
1935-1940
1935-40
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  • Now these are in effect the conditions which limited war should give—that is, if the theatre and method be rightly chosen.

    Some Principles of Maritime Strategy Julian Stafford Corbett
  • The expression "limited war" is no doubt not entirely happy.

    Some Principles of Maritime Strategy Julian Stafford Corbett
  • In the Japanese case the immediate political object was exceptionally well adapted for the use of limited war.

    Some Principles of Maritime Strategy Julian Stafford Corbett
  • But that is a question of the economics of war; it is not a question of "limited war" or of "war for a limited object."

    Naval Warfare James R. Thursfield
  • The theoretical weakness of limited war at this point is the arrest of your offensive action.

    Some Principles of Maritime Strategy Julian Stafford Corbett
  • To paraphrase the terminology of generative grammars, it was a limited war language, with not too many possible war sentences.

  • Before leaving the general consideration of limited war, we have still to deal with a form of it that has not yet been mentioned.

    Some Principles of Maritime Strategy Julian Stafford Corbett
  • We are left, in fact, with an impression that there must be two kinds of limited war.

    Some Principles of Maritime Strategy Julian Stafford Corbett
British Dictionary definitions for limited war

limited war

noun
1.
a war in which the belligerents do not seek the total destruction of the enemy, esp one in which nuclear weapons are deliberately not used
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