commercia belli

plural noun com·mer·cia bel·li \kə¦mərsh(ē)əˈbeˌlī, -(ˌ)lē; kə¦merkēəˈbeˌlē\

Definition of commercia belli

  1. :  agreements between enemy states (as truces, capitulations, safe-conducts, and cartels)

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Origin and Etymology of commercia belli

New Latin, from Latin, plural of commercium belli stipulation, treaty, literally, intercourse of war

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