- of, for, or pertaining to the army or armed forces, often as distinguished from the navy: from civilian to military life.
- of, for, or pertaining to war: military preparedness.
- of or relating to soldiers.
- befitting, characteristic of, or noting a soldier: a military bearing.
- following the life of a soldier: a military career.
- performed by soldiers: military duty.
- the military,
- the military establishment of a nation; the armed forces.
- military personnel, especially commissioned officers, taken collectively: the bar, the press, and the military.
Origin of military
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Examples from the Web for non-military
On his radio show, Beck argued against any non-military assistance from Washington.Doing Disaster Relief Right
January 17, 2010
But non-military items also arrived for activation and test.The Machine That Saved The World
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
I noted that fact for him and quoted it as, perhaps, a characteristic of the mind which was not non-military.G. H. Q.
Would not most of us just as soon be a non-military American as a military Turk?The Great Illusion
Non-military expenditure could not account for the final deficit in Justinian's treasury.The Evolution of States
J. M. Robertson
There is no reason why there should be an extended period of ground instruction for the non-military pilot of the future.Opportunities in Aviation
- of or relating to the armed forces (esp the army), warlike matters, etc
- of, characteristic of, or about soldiers
- the military the armed services (esp the army)
Word Origin and History for non-military
mid-15c., from Middle French militaire (14c.), from Latin militaris "of soldiers or war, of military service, warlike," from miles (genitive militis) "soldier," of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately from Etruscan, or else meaning "one who marches in a troop," and thus connected to Sanskrit melah "assembly," Greek homilos "assembled crowd, throng." Related: Militarily. Old English had militisc, from Latin. Military-industrial complex coined 1961 in farewell speech of U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower.
"soldiers generally," 1757, from military (adj.). Earlier, "a military man" (1736).