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state of war

Definition of state of war

  1. 1a :  a state of actual armed hostilities regardless of a formal declaration of warb :  a legal state created and ended by official declaration regardless of actual armed hostilities and usually characterized by operation of the rules of war

  2. 2 :  the period of time during which a state of war is in effect



1656

First Known Use of state of war

1656


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