limited war


Definition of limited war

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

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But this likely carries little benefit for Iran, as a limited war would still cause significant damage. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Mines used in tanker attack look like those shown by Iranian military, explosives expert says," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of limited war

1806, in the meaning defined above

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