mil·​i·​tance | \ ˈmi-lə-tən(t)s How to pronounce militance (audio) \

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the level of militance varied significantly among the abolitionist groups

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Those in safe districts, where Obamacare was especially unpopular, used their militance to highlight their die-hard opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Congress can easily avoid shutdowns. Here’s why it doesn’t.," 22 Jan. 2018 And the Bundys also became symbols of law enforcement failure, as prosecutors, through multiple trials, failed for the most part to convince juries that the family members and their followers, beyond their armed militance, were criminals. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "Charges Against Bundys in Ranch Standoff Case Are Dismissed," 8 Jan. 2018 He and Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein’s president, reportedly concluded in the early 1990s that militance was not advancing their aims. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Martin McGuinness, an I.R.A. Leader Turned Peacemaker, Dies at 66," 21 Mar. 2017 Instead, the focus of the trial was Woodfox’s militance, though his views had softened. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "How Albert Woodfox Survived Solitary," 16 Jan. 2017

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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