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[par-uh-mil-i-ter-ee] /ˌpær əˈmɪl ɪˌtɛr i/

noting or pertaining to an organization operating as, in place of, or as a supplement to a regular force:
a paramilitary police unit.
noun, plural paramilitaries.
Also, paramilitarist
[par-uh-mil-i-ter-ist] /ˌpær əˈmɪl ɪ tər ɪst/ (Show IPA). a person employed in such a force.
/ˌpærəˈmɪlɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
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


1935, from para- (1) + military.


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