state of war

noun phrase

Definition of state of war

1a : a state of actual armed hostilities regardless of a formal declaration of war
b : a legal state created and ended by official declaration regardless of actual armed hostilities and usually characterized by operation of the rules of war
2 : the period of time during which a state of war is in effect

First Known Use of state of war

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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