Meaning of casus belli

ca•sus bel•li

Pronunciation: (kā'sus bel'ī, bel'ē Lat. kä's&oobreves bel'lē), [key]
— pl. ca•sus bel•li
  1. an event or political occurrence that brings about a declaration of war.
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