- vigorously active and aggressive, especially in support of a cause: militant reformers.
- engaged in warfare; fighting.
- a militant person.
- a person engaged in warfare or combat.
Origin of militant
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Examples from the Web for non-militant
Chastity also increases with the social evolution, though it does not necessarily characterize societies of the non-militant type.
- aggressive or vigorous, esp in the support of a causea militant protest
- warring; engaged in warfare
- a militant person
- short for Militant Tendency
- a member of Militant Tendency
Word Origin and History for non-militant
early 15c., "fighting, engaged in warfare," from Middle French militant "fighting," from Latin militantem (nominative militans), present participle of militare "serve as a soldier" (see militate), originally especially in Church militant. Related: Militantly.
"one engaged in war or strife," c.1600, from militant (adj.); in a political sense, it is attested by 1907.