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standing army

noun
1.
a permanently organized military force maintained by a nation.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605
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Examples for standing army
  • Its population was not large enough to support a standing army.
  • With no large standing army, he added, the nation didn't need a standing military industrial base.
  • During this time, drastic measures were taken to reduce the cost of supporting a standing army.
  • There is virtually no standing army apart from training cadres and a few essential headquarters staff.
  • Please do all in your power to stop it, if there needs to be a standing army, please send one there.
  • There was virtually no standing army apart from training cadres and a few essential headquarters staff.
British Dictionary definitions for standing army

standing army

noun
1.
a permanent army of paid soldiers maintained by a nation
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