paramilitary

[ par-uh-mil-i-ter-ee ]
/ ˌpær əˈmɪl ɪˌtɛr 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·a·mil·i·tar·ies.

Also par·a·mil·i·ta·rist [par-uh-mil-i-ter-ist] /ˌpær əˈmɪl ɪ tər ɪst/. a person employed in such a force.

Nearby words

  1. parametric equations,
  2. parametric statistics,
  3. parametritis,
  4. parametrium,
  5. parametrize,
  6. paramimia,
  7. paramita,
  8. paramnesia,
  9. paramo,
  10. paramorph

Origin of paramilitary

First recorded in 1930–35; para-1 + military

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British Dictionary definitions for paramilitary

paramilitary

/ (ˌpærəˈmɪlɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

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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Word Origin and History for paramilitary

paramilitary

adj.

1935, from para- (1) + military.

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