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
Examples of paramilitary in a Sentence
Government forces have been attacked by heavily armed paramilitary groups in several villages.
Recent Examples of paramilitary from the Web
In the past the party has had links to paramilitary groups backing the loyalist cause.
The missiles were launched by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a paramilitary organization separate from army within the Iranian Armed Forces.
The army has raised two new infantry divisions, speckled with commando, paramilitary and police units, to protect Chinese workers.
The party will want to postpone dealing with legacy issues from the paramilitary conflict in Northern Ireland, like the possible prosecution of British soldiers for actions during the Troubles.
A substantial number of his candidates have never before run for public office of any type and range from a retired female bullfighter, fighter pilot, paramilitary police commander and handball champion to a host of small business owners.
From OpenDemocracy: Theresa May's new partners in government have strong historical links with Loyalist paramilitary groups.
Over 1,000 paramilitary troops have been sent to the state in a bid to quell the unrest, which has seen buses torched and buildings set ablaze.
MOSUL, Iraq—Iraqi paramilitary forces captured a hub on a key Islamic State supply route between Syria and Iraq, further disrupting the flow of fighters and goods between the terror group’s major urban strongholds, Iraq’s defense ministry said.
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Did You Know?
This term paramilitary can take in a wide range of organizations, but is usually applied to forces formed by a government. Groups opposing a government, even when organized along military lines, are more often referred to as guerrillas or insurgents. In countries with weak central governments (such as, in recent times, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, or Congo), warlords may form their own paramilitary forces and take over all local police and military functions. Paramilitary often has a sinister sound today, since it's also applied to groups of off-duty military or police personnel who carry out illegal violence, often at night, with the quiet support of a government.
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Definition of paramilitary for English Language Learners
: of or relating to a group that is not an official army but that operates and is organized like an army
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