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  1. mi·li·tia
    IPA[məˈliSHə]
  2. noun

    • 1. a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency:

      creating a militia was no answer to the army's manpower problem small detachments of militia
    • 2. a military force that engages in rebel or terrorist activities in opposition to a regular army.

    • 3. all able-bodied civilians eligible by law for military service.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: militia, plural noun: militias

    • noun

      a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency:

      a military force that engages in rebel or terrorist activities in opposition to a regular army.

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