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paramilitary

[ par-uh-mil-i-ter-ee ]
/ 藢p忙r 蓹藞m瑟l 瑟藢t蓻r i /
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adjective
noting or pertaining to an organization operating as, in place of, or as a supplement to a regular military force: a paramilitary police unit.
noun, plural par路a路mil路i路tar路ies.
Also par路a路mil路i路ta路rist [par-uh-mil-i-ter-ist]. /藢p忙r 蓹藞m瑟l 瑟 t蓹r 瑟st/. a person employed in such a force.
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Origin of paramilitary

First recorded in 1930鈥35; para-1 + military
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British Dictionary definitions for paramilitary

paramilitary
/ (藢p忙r蓹藞m瑟l瑟t蓹r瑟, -tr瑟) /

adjective
denoting or relating to a group of personnel with military structure functioning either as a civil force or in support of military forces
denoting or relating to a force with military structure conducting armed operations against a ruling or occupying power
noun
  1. a paramilitary force
  2. a member of such a force
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