limited-war

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:
1935–40

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limited war
 
n
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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