Militia

Mi*li"tia

(?), n. [L., military service, soldiery, fr. miles, militis, soldier: cf. F. milice.]
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1. 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.
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The king's captains and soldiers fight his battles, and yet . . . the power of the militia is he.
Jer. Taylor.
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2. Military service; warfare. [Obs.] Baxter.
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