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paramilitary

adjective uk   /ˌpær.əˈmɪl.ɪ.tər.i/ us    /ˌper.əˈmɪl.ə.ter.i/
A paramilitary group is organized like an army but is not official and often not legal. connected with and helping the official armed forces: In some countries, police and fire officers have paramilitary training.

paramilitary

noun [C] uk   /ˌpær.əˈmɪl.ɪ.tər.i/ us    /ˌper.əˈmɪl.ə.ter.i/
a person who belongs to a paramilitary organization
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