Definition of rule of engagement in English:

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rule of engagement

Entry from US English dictionary

(abbreviation ROE)


(usually rules of engagement)
A directive issued by a military authority specifying the circumstances and limitations under which forces will engage in combat with the enemy.
Example sentences
  • Adopting these tools does not imply adopting accompanying restrictions on combat lethality or local rules of engagement that apply to police forces.
  • The US is directly interested in the many unresolved debates about military doctrine and rules of engagement.
  • In traditional infantry missions, the unit briefs specific rules of engagement for combat engagement and disengagement.

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Syllabification: rule of en·gage·ment

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