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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 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:

    Pakistan's bottom line is strong political representation in the Kabul government, 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. Assistant Attorney General Caldwell:

    Rodrigo Tovar-Pupo funded his violent and dangerous paramilitary organization by reaping the profits of manufacturing and shipping thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the United States, his actions did untold damage to the United States and Colombia.

  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. Paul Craine:

    Unlike the other cartels, they function like a paramilitary organization, they are like an iron hand taking control of Jalisco, and have set up carjackings and roadblocks to show their power.

  5. Edgardo Buscaglia:

    No wonder that Mexico suffers high levels of paramilitary violence that in many cases constitute acts of terrorism, such as the latest Sinaloa Cartels paramilitary takeover of Sinaloas capital (Culiacan).

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