arms control

noun

Definition of arms control

: limitation of the use, exchange, or manufacture of military weapons by nations often as a policy established through diplomatic negotiation Kennedy handled the missile crisis as a political issue—resisting the temptation to make it a totally military stand-off that might have escalated into world war—and set a goal of nuclear arms control.— Juan Williams, Washington Post, 28 Apr. 1991

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Arms control.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arms%20control. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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