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state of war

a condition marked by armed conflict between or among states, existing whether or not war has been declared formally by any of the belligerents.
a legal condition initiated and concluded by formal declaration, and not necessarily involving armed conflict.
the duration of such a condition.
Origin of state of war
1945-50 Unabridged
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  • Horses soon dramatically altered the state of war, with warriors adopting the animals as a vehicle for sudden attacks and raids.
  • On the contrary, it may bring about a permanent state of war.
  • The world will always be in a state of war, if you can't accept it you are fighting against nature.
  • In this situation, from a common law perspective, the totality leads us to the conclusion we're in a state of war.
  • The war ended in a cease-fire, not with a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula technically still in a state of war.
  • Codes exist for war operations, and they are generally used during a declared state of war.
British Dictionary definitions for state of war

state of war

a period of armed conflict between states, regardless of whether or not war has been officially declared
a legal condition begun by a declaration of war and ended formally, during which the rules of international law applicable to warfare may be invoked
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