Definition of Militia

1. Noun. Civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army.

Exact synonyms: Reserves
Generic synonyms: Force, Military Force, Military Group, Military Unit
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Specialized synonyms: Sa, Storm Troops, Sturmabteilung, Trainband
Terms within: Territorial, Territorial Reserve
Member holonyms: Militiaman

2. Noun. The entire body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service. "Congress shall have power to provide for calling forth the militia"
Generic synonyms: Body
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine

Definition of Militia

1. n. In the widest sense, the whole military force of a nation, including both those engaged in military service as a business, and those competent and available for such service; specifically, the body of citizens enrolled for military instruction and discipline, but not subject to be called into actual service except in emergencies.

Definition of Militia

1. Noun. An army of trained civilians, which may be an official reserve army, called upon in time of need; the national police force of a country (e.g. Russia, Ukraine, etc.); the entire able-bodied population of a state; or a private force, not under government control. ¹

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Definition of Militia

1. a citizen army [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Militia

military tribunal
military uniform
military unit
military vehicle
military volunteer
militia (current term)
milk-alkali syndrome

Literary usage of Militia

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1910)
"Upon the most mature reflection, it is my opinion that there is a sound distinction between the "calling forth" of the militia, and their being in the ..."

2. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"Receipt of ann. return of militia; extended comment on state of militia; ... Rept. of committee on the militia on so much of govs. address and adj. gen's, ..."

3. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1873)
"Noah Brigham—militia G weeks, 1775, 1 turn; drafted in Gout. Army 3 yrs. ... Mattathias Felton—militia ü weeks, 1775, 1 turn ; Province service 3 mos. ..."

4. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"Reorganization of the militia.—Soon after the restoration of King Charles the Second, when the military tenures were abolished, it was thought proper to ..."

5. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent (1858)
"Congress have authority to provide for calling the militia, forth the militia, to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions; ..."

6. The Papers of James Madison: Purchased by Order of the Congress, Being His by James Madison (1840)
"The discipline of the militia is evidently a national concern, and ought to be provided for in the national Constitution. Mr. L. MARTIN was confident that ..."

7. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"drop all proceedings against the five members; while, as to the forts and the militia, he expressed his readiness to entrust ..."

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