Definition of limited war in US English:

limited war


  • A war in which the weapons used, the nations or territory involved, or the objectives pursued are restricted in some way, in particular one in which the use of nuclear weapons is avoided.

    • ‘During the Cold War, outside powers complicated the dynamics of insurgency because outside supporters viewed such conflicts as limited war in Clausewitzian terms.’
    • ‘Perhaps most relevant for today is the author's assertion that citizen armies can best fight in defense of their homeland or on crusades but not in limited wars.’
    • ‘Strategists from now onward will have to keep this in mind while planning even a limited war.’
    • ‘Therefore, under some circumstances - particularly in limited war - too much battlefield success can jeopardize the political objective.’
    • ‘In Vietnam, our civilian and military leaders never resolved the basic contradiction in their respective approaches to the war - that is, of pursuing a limited war with immense military means.’
    • ‘Even such a comparatively limited war required considerably more ammunition, fuel and lubricants than planned.’
    • ‘In order to achieve the objectives of even a limited war it would be necessary to make efforts above the ordinary - to take the model of ‘absolute war’ as one's target.’
    • ‘But future limited wars may be of such a nature that efficiently performed operations could prove insufficient to the goal of changing an implacable opponent's will.’
    • ‘After Kargil, India invented the notion of a limited war between nuclear weapon states.’
    • ‘Essentially, the Indian Army would be able to conduct a limited war without provoking the threat of a Pakistani nuclear response.’
    • ‘In limited war it lies in destroying his ability to accomplish his objectives and to protect his political primacy against his own internal opponents.’
    • ‘Many air attacks during the last half century's limited wars not only have affected the ebb and flow of a particular engagement, but also have had significant ‘strategic’ consequences.’
    • ‘Over the course of the Johnson presidency, the frustrations of Vietnam demonstrated the challenges of fighting a conventional, limited war against an unconventional enemy.’
    • ‘Rarely will conflict be resolved through the finality of unconditional surrender; limited war is the rule, and total war the exception.’
    • ‘In limited wars, a strategic center of gravity is almost always a military/security capability.’
    • ‘The military no longer has the luxury of fighting a limited war.’
    • ‘It was a clear case of aggression which had to be punished and the limited war which followed achieved its aims.’
    • ‘A nation wishing to initiate limited war in or through space requires a defensive capability adequate to protect itself against an unlimited counterattack.’
    • ‘In light of Britain's experience during World War I, their preference for limited wars fought by an aristocratic, professional, and disciplined army seems inadequate.’
    • ‘Whether it is deterrence, proxy war, guerrilla warfare, or limited war, it is war all the same.’