state of war: Meaning and Definition of

state' of war'

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  1. a condition marked by armed conflict between or among states, existing whether or not war has been declared formally by any of the belligerents.
  2. a legal condition initiated and concluded by formal declaration, and not necessarily involving armed conflict.
  3. the duration of such a condition.
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