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Councilof War

Council of War, a, council of subordinate officers summoned by a military or naval commander, to aid him with their advice on occasions of such importance or emergency as seem to him to call for the opinions of others to supplement the conclusions of his own judgment. The opinions of such councils are in no way binding upon the leader who summons them, nor do they free him from the weight of his own responsibility.