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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.
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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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