standing army

noun
a permanently organized military force maintained by a nation.

Origin:
1595–1605

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standing army
 
n
a permanent army of paid soldiers maintained by a nation

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Example sentences
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.
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