war power


Definition of war power

: the power to make war specifically : an extraordinary power exercised usually by the executive branch of a government in the prosecution of a war

Examples of war power in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One lasting effect of Bush’s post-9/11 response is the expansion of presidential war power. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 Lee, who also voted against war power resolutions in both 2001 and 2002, mentioned FCNL again a few days later during an appearance on MSNBC. Jack Jenkins, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 This Media Post will serve as a reminder that war powers reside in the Congress under the United States Constitution. CBS News, 13 Jan. 2020 The debate over war powers is a fundamental constitutional debate. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 7 May 2020 Eight Republicans defy the president and join Dems in pushing forward war powers legislation to limit Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran. Matthew Daly, ajc, 13 Feb. 2020 That schedule could have fringe benefits for Democrats, who want to force a Senate vote next week on a war powers measure aimed at constraining Trump’s military options with Iran. Nicholas Fandos, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Jan. 2020 Both had sought the Democratic nomination in 2008 — and both were dogged by their 2002 votes as senators in favor of the war powers resolution that President George W. Bush used to invade Iraq in 2003. Time, 28 Apr. 2020 Six Republicans joined 220 Democrats in supporting the war powers resolution. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of war power

1766, in the meaning defined above

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“War power.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20power. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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