forces that work along side of, or in place of, regular military forces. Often they do not have any official sanction and act in secret. Some of the citizens' militias that have recently sprung up in the U.S. are paramilitary organizations.
a group of civilians organized in a military fashion (especially to operate in place of or to assist regular army troops)
of or relating to a group of civilians organized to function like (or in aid of) a military unit
a group of civilians A civilian is a person who is not a member of a military
a group of civilians in military form that has the backing of local and international businesses
a group of civilians trained and organized ina military fashion
relating to a group of civilians organized to function like a military organization to act in place of or to assist regular military troops
An armed terrorist organization that uses violence to control/protect its communities and to make its political views known
armed group not formally part of a state's military, but often informally affiliated with it.
"'Paramilitary groups' are bodies which act together with the military institution but which at the same time exercise irregular action, deviated, deformed, from the military."
In Colombia, paramilitary has come to mean a clandestine organization of armed individuals, which can include active duty and retired military officers, who work in close coordination with the security forces.
A paramilitary organization is a group of civilians trained and organized in a military fashion.