Military



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.

Contemporary Examples

President Obama is certainly trying to curb the military’s expenditures—how could he not?
Obama: More Nixon Than Carter Melik Kaylan September 24, 2010

The 65-year-old general, a former top Gaddafi-era military commander, has pledged to rid Libya of Islamist hard-liners.
Libya: Requiem for a Revolution Jamie Dettmer August 6, 2014

While he remained uncomfortable with Tamarod and the idea of military intervention, he said, Morsi still needed to go.
Mahmoud Badr Is the Young Face of the Anti-Morsi Movement Mike Giglio July 1, 2013

Yesterday the military named a new civilian prime minister, apparently in a bid to quell the protests.
Why Egyptians Are Trying to Topple Their Former Military Saviors Charles M. Sennott November 25, 2011

Exactly ten years ago I was imprisoned for my refusal to enlist in the Israeli military.
My Story As a Pacifist in Israel Jonathan Ben-Artzi August 15, 2012

Historical Examples

It was otherwise in the infancy of artillery and military engineering.
Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Volume I (of 3) James Dennistoun

These are the only conditions which military honour permits me to accept.
Camps, Quarters and Casual Places Archibald Forbes

It has caused the sword to drop from the hand of the military leader.
The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft

“Perhaps not,” said the soldier, who retained all his military acuteness.
Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Yes,” said the major, with military promptitude; “but, one word—Glynne?
The Star-Gazers George Manville Fenn

adjective
of or relating to the armed forces (esp the army), warlike matters, etc
of, characteristic of, or about soldiers
noun (pl) -taries, -tary
the military, the armed services (esp the army)
adj.

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.
n.

“soldiers generally,” 1757, from military (adj.). Earlier, “a military man” (1736).

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