Definition of just war in English:

just war

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  • A war that is deemed to be morally or theologically justifiable.

    ‘Wars, even just wars like World War II, are inherently awful, but sometimes they are necessary, and sometimes, as in Kosovo, bombing actually works.’
    • ‘For the best part of 150 years, progressive opinion has seen the Civil War as a just war.’
    • ‘Because of this influence very responsible people and social leaders argue for justifiable anger and even just wars.’
    • ‘The Second World War was a just war, but the Allies did not always fight it with just means.’
    • ‘On this basis alone, it might be said, the just war argument fails.’
    • ‘I think this will be a just war, although all conflict is unwelcome, because sometimes it is the least bad option.’
    • ‘Most other parliamentarians are wary of upsetting the prevailing orthodoxy that this war is a just war.’
    • ‘Most states believe that all their wars are just wars, but reality often differs.’
    • ‘It is a serious budget for a serious war - a just war that must be fought, won and paid for.’
    • ‘Because of this, the war could not be seen as a just war, and would set a terrible precedent for the future conduct of international affairs.’


Late 15th century translation of Latin ‘bellum justum’.