unmilitary

adjective

un·​mil·​i·​tary ˌən-ˈmi-lə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce unmilitary (audio)
: not military: such as
a
: not conforming to military standards or practice
unmilitary posture
an unmilitary approach to handling people
b
: not belonging to or associated with the military
unmilitary circles of government

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The zinc statues tended to flake apart at the seams, or lean backwards in a very unmilitary posture. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2017 Rasmussen begins the film in an unmilitary fury, assailing the enemy with the wildness of an animal newly released from its cage. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 13 Feb. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unmilitary was in 1644

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Cite this Entry

“Unmilitary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmilitary. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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