paramilitary


para·mil·i·tary

adjective \ˌpa-rə-ˈmi-lə-ˌter-ē\

: of or relating to a group that is not an official army but that operates and is organized like an army

Full Definition of PARAMILITARY

:  of, relating to, being, or characteristic of a force formed on a military pattern especially as a potential auxiliary military force <a paramilitary border patrol> <paramilitary training>
paramilitary noun

Examples of PARAMILITARY

  1. Government forces have been attacked by heavily armed paramilitary groups in several villages.

First Known Use of PARAMILITARY

1935

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