paramilitary

[par-uh-mil-i-ter-ee]
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] . a person employed in such a force.

Origin:
1930–35; para-1 + military

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paramilitary (ˌpærəˈmɪlɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
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
 
n
3.  a.  a paramilitary force
 b.  a member of such a force

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paramilitary
1935, from para- (q.v.) + military.
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Example sentences
Police were afraid to enter many areas as street gangs and guerrilla and
  paramilitary groups fought for control of neighborhoods.
Paramilitary groups entered the melee with rocks, sticks, and iron bars.
Paramilitary cops in ski masks taking dudes into custody.
They were joined by dissident soldiers, and by members of the paramilitary
  gendarmerie, traditional rivals of the army.
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