casus belli definition

  • noun:
    • An act or occasion that provokes or perhaps is accustomed justify war.
    • An act regarded as justifying or causing a war.
    • Plural kind of casus belli.
    • an event or mix of events which is a cause war, or could be alleged as a justification of war.
    • A matter or celebration of war; an excuse or grounds for declaring war: since, just the right of search advertised by britain constituted a casus belli in 1812.
    • a conference always justify starting a war

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