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Definitions for paramilitary
ˌpær əˈmɪl ɪˌtɛr ipara·mil·i·ta·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paramilitary, paramilitary force, paramilitary unit, paramilitary organization, paramilitary organisationadjective

    a group of civilians organized in a military fashion (especially to operate in place of or to assist regular army troops)

  2. paramilitaryadjective

    of or relating to a group of civilians organized to function like or to assist a military unit


  1. paramilitarynoun

    A group of civilians trained and organized in a military fashion, but which do not represent the formal forces of a sovereign power.

  2. paramilitarynoun

    A member of a paramilitary group.

  3. paramilitaryadjective

    relating to a paramilitary

  4. Etymology: para- + military


  1. Paramilitary

    A paramilitary is an organization whose structure, tactics, training, subculture, and (often) function are similar to those of a professional military, but is not part of a country's official or legitimate armed forces. Paramilitary units carry out duties that a country's military or police forces are unable or unwilling to handle. Other organizations may be considered paramilitaries by structure alone, despite being unarmed or lacking a combat role.


  1. paramilitary

    A paramilitary is a group or organization that is organized in a military way or style and performs functions similar to, but not officially part of, a regular military force. These groups often operate in a support role to national armies, or engage in guerrilla warfare and other unconventional forms of combat. They might be formally authorized by a government or can operate independently.


  1. Paramilitary

    A paramilitary is a military-esque force whose function and organization are similar to those of a professional military, but which is not considered part of a state's formal armed forces. Under the Law of Armed Conflict, a state may incorporate a paramilitary organization or armed agency charged with police functions into its armed forces. The other parties to a conflict have to be notified thereof. The term paramilitary is subjective, depending on what is considered similar to a military force, and what status a force is considered to have. The nature of paramilitary forces therefore varies greatly according to the speaker and the context. Mercenaries and Private Military Companies are not paramilitaries. An international agreement, International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries, signed by 32 nations as of 2012, prohibits the training, recruiting and use of mercenary forces.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paramilitary in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paramilitary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of paramilitary in a Sentence

  1. Antonio Giustozzi:

    There is also a concern for the long-term solidity of this representation __ maybe embedding some form of permanent power for clerics in the constitution or some de facto Taliban-controlled paramilitary force.

  2. Felipe Borba:

    In Rio, there is a pattern. Political violence mainly involves organized crime, drug trafficking or paramilitary militia groups.

  3. Marine Lieutenant General Thomas Waldhauser:

    The unpredictable nature of paramilitary group patronage will most likely remain a significant obstacle to the GNA’s efforts to establish sovereignty.

  4. The Colombian journalist:

    This is a debt that the state owes not only to Jineth Bedoya but the hundreds of victims of La Modelo prison and the paramilitary forces.

  5. Mohammad Hadi Marashi:

    A (paramilitary) Basij base in Nik Shahr came under ... fire this morning and several from the Revolutionary Guards communications personnel who were wiring the base were hit, five of the Guards personnel were wounded and one was martyred.

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