Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the law of nations. A sinte of open war. "At the breaking out of hostility." 1 Kent, Comm. 60. An act of open war. "When hostilities have commenced." Id. 56. A hostile character. "Hostility may attach only to the person." Id.