limited war

noun

Definition of limited war

: a war whose objective is less than the total defeat of the enemy

Examples of limited war in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The history of the Korean War, America’s first limited war, helps to show why. Donald Stoker, WSJ, 30 June 2022 Russia’s proxies waged a limited war in the Donbas for eight years, giving Vladimir Putin his veneer-thin justification for invading this February. Samir Puri, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 Beyond the seemingly unlikely scenario of Putin deliberately extending an invasion beyond Ukraine, there is a risk that even a limited war could spread as a result of an accident, a miscalculation or a misunderstanding. Robert Burns, ajc, 16 Feb. 2022 That now includes war zones—or more specifically, Ukraine, a country whose long-burning, limited war with Russia and pro-Russian separatists may be about to rapidly expand. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 8 Feb. 2022 The death and destruction could far outpace that of the relatively more limited war in Donbas, where as many as 14,000 have died since 2014. John R. Deni, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2021 The recent real-world version of the recurring debates about limited war and the weapons needed to fight one is the Trump administration’s decision to deploy low-yield warheads on American Trident submarines. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The recent real-world version of the recurring debates about limited war and the weapons needed to fight one is the Trump administration’s decision to deploy low-yield warheads on American Trident submarines. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 The recent real-world version of the recurring debates about limited war and the weapons needed to fight one is the Trump administration’s decision to deploy low-yield warheads on American Trident submarines. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of limited war

1806, in the meaning defined above

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“Limited war.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limited%20war. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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