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

Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arms control was in 1921

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“Arms control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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