What does police action mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. police action(noun)

    a local military action without declaration of war; against violators of international peace and order


  1. Police action

    Police action in military/security studies and international relations is a euphemism for a military action undertaken without a formal declaration of war. Since World War II, formal declarations of war have been rare. Rather, nations involved in military conflict sometimes describe the conflict by fighting the war under the auspices of a "police action". The earliest appearance of the phrase was in July 1947, referring to attempts by Netherlands forces to recolonize Indonesia. The Dutch term politionele acties was used for this. In the early days of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman referred to the United States response to the North Korean invasion as a "police action" under the aegis of the United Nations. Also it was used to imply a formal claim of sovereignty by colonial powers, such as in the military actions of the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and other allies during the Indonesian National Revolution and the Malayan Emergency.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of police action in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of police action in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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