mil·​i·​tari·​ly | \ ˌmi-lə-ˈter-ə-lē How to pronounce militarily (audio) \

Definition of militarily

1 : in a military manner
2 : from a military standpoint

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Apart from pinprick cross-border raids by small numbers of troops, India has not retaliated militarily against terrorist safe havens in Pakistan or the troops that protect them. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Pakistan-Based Jihadists Kill 40, and Indians Demand a Response," 21 Feb. 2019 But rich states — and by extension, militarily powerful states — are more likely to use airstrikes. Susan Hannah Allen, Washington Post, "The U.S. just bombed 3 sites in Syria. Here’s what we know about why states choose airstrikes.," 14 Apr. 2018 More broadly, the Saudi- led war in Yemen, which the US supports militarily, will continue to be an easy bipartisan target for resistance in 2019. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 Kerry, 75, clearly has experience in diplomacy that could be relevant in an uncertain world where China and Russia are angling to overtake America economically, militarily, or both. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Who’s In and Who’s Out of the 2020 Presidential Race—So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 Created in response to a militarily resurgent Russia, the DABS system is supposed to be up to 24 sets of equipment designed to allow the U.S. Air Force to fly from airfields across Europe. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Having Trouble With Its 'Base in a Box'," 2 Jan. 2019 What began upending this bargain was China’s turn over the past decade in a more mercantilist, militarily aggressive and politically authoritarian direction, a trend that has only gained momentum since the ascent of Xi Jinping in 2012. Orville Schell And Larry Diamond, WSJ, "China Gets Its Message to Americans but Doesn’t Want to Reciprocate," 21 Dec. 2018 Providing military support to a regime that gases its own people could end up hurting Russia militarily, not to mention politically, in the long run. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Jamming US Drones Flying Over Syria," 11 Apr. 2018 To avoid outright conflict, the U.S. needs to persuade Chinese officials that taking on the U.S. militarily is a fool’s errand—a calculation that depends in some measure on our international support. Richard N. Haass, WSJ, "The Crisis in U.S.-China Relations," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of militarily

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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