paramilitary

paramilitary
[[t]pæ̱rəmɪ̱lɪtri, AM -teri[/t]]
paramilitaries
1) ADJ: ADJ n A paramilitary organization is organized like an army and performs either civil or military functions in a country.

Searches by the army and paramilitary forces have continued today...

Paramilitary police units are taking part in rescue efforts.

N-COUNT: usu pl
Paramilitaries are members of a paramilitary organization.

Paramilitaries and army recruits patrolled the village... They had cropped heads and wore paramilitary uniforms.

2) ADJ: ADJ n A paramilitary organization is an illegal group that is organized like an army.

...a law which said that all paramilitary groups must be disarmed...

There are signs of paramilitary activity supported from abroad.

N-COUNT: usu pl
Paramilitaries are members of an illegal paramilitary organization.

Loyalist paramilitaries were blamed for the shooting.


English dictionary. 2008.

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