limited war


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 However, our decades-long limited war with Iran has yet to spiral out of control. Time, "After Soleimani Killing, War With Iran Will Likely Continue As It Has for Decades," 8 Jan. 2020 That logic led to major conflicts like Vietnam and Korea, limited wars in the Middle East and Balkans, interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean, and occasional nation-building in conquered lands. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Trump Doctrine: Deterrence without Intervention?," 5 Nov. 2019 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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“Limited war.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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