paramilitary Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"paramilitary" in British English

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paramilitaryadjective

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 ​officialarmedforces: In some ​countries, ​police and ​firefighters have paramilitary ​training.

paramilitarynoun [C]

uk   /ˌpær.əˈmɪl.ɪ.tər.i/  us   /ˌper.əˈmɪl.ə.ter.i/
a ​person who ​belongs to a paramilitary ​organization
(Definition of paramilitary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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paramilitaryadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˌpær·əˈmɪl·ɪˌter·i/
similar to an ​army, but not ​official and sometimes not ​legal: paramilitary ​forces
(Definition of paramilitary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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