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limited war

n.
A war whose objective is of smaller scope than total defeat of the enemy.

limited war

n
(Military) a war in which the belligerents do not seek the total destruction of the enemy, esp one in which nuclear weapons are deliberately not used

lim′ited war′


n.
a war conducted with deliberately restricted aims and resources by at least one of the belligerents.
[1935–40]

limited war

- A war whose objective is of smaller scope than total defeat of the enemy.
See also related terms for objective.

limited war

Armed conflict short of general war, exclusive of incidents, involving the overt engagement of the military forces of two or more nations.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.limited war - a war whose objective is less than the unconditional defeat of the enemy
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
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Following Napoleon's disruption of the system, the Congress of Vienna restored a balance of power, bringing 100 years of relative peace to Europe with the exceptions of bilateral and limited wars leading to German unification.
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America's problem since World War II is that it has chosen to fight limited wars that had ambiguous outcomes, at best.
In the future, for a great power like the United States that will fight only limited wars, the political goals sought in those conflicts will always consist of two categories--"positive" and "negative," the former achievable only by applying military force and the latter only by limiting the amount of force used.
He, for instance, believes that such maritime powers as the United Kingdom are particularly advantaged in waging limited wars because of their insulated nature.
Our third forum, "Lessons from Limited Wars," highlights what we might learn from some of America's limited conflicts.
Yet despite the changed strategic environment, the most likely outcome seems similar to the way Israel's limited wars in Lebanon and Gaza have ended in the last decade -- a cease-fire that buys at most a few years and at least a few months' calm, with both sides expecting another round eventually.
In OLC's view, practice and precedent indicated that the president could undertake limited wars at his discretion.
They assert that Clausewitz presents a singular conception of war, an incredible misreading of a book that seeks to grapple with the many manifestations of war, from the limited wars of the ancien regime (book VIII) to the near-total war of the Napoleonic era to the people in arms (book VI, chapter 26).
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The army should comprehensively enhance its capability to accomplish a range of military tasks, and the most important one is to win limited wars under the conditions of IT application," Jintao said.
Suppose the uprisings across the Middle East had happened five years ago: Israel could not have been certain of the inaction of Arab leaders as it launched two limited wars.

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