Meaning of War of the Austrian Succession

War' of the Aus'trian Succes'sion

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  1. the war (1740–48) in which Austria, England, and the Netherlands opposed Prussia, France, and Spain over the selection of rulers for territories within the Austrian Empire. Cf.
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