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paramilitary

[par-uh-mil-i-ter-ee] /ˌpær əˈmɪl ɪˌtɛr i/
adjective
1.
noting or pertaining to an organization operating as, in place of, or as a supplement to a regular military force:
a paramilitary police unit.
noun, plural paramilitaries.
2.
Also, paramilitarist
[par-uh-mil-i-ter-ist] /ˌpær əˈmɪl ɪ tər ɪst/ (Show IPA)
. a person employed in such a force.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; para-1 + military
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British Dictionary definitions for paramilitaries

paramilitary

/ˌpærəˈmɪlɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
denoting or relating to a group of personnel with military structure functioning either as a civil force or in support of military forces
2.
denoting or relating to a force with military structure conducting armed operations against a ruling or occupying power
noun
3.
  1. a paramilitary force
  2. a member of such a force
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Word Origin and History for paramilitaries

paramilitary

adj.

1935, from para- (1) + military.

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