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armed forces definition


Define the meaning of the English word armed forces below. Armed forces is a noun. Also define these 10 related words and terms: military, force, nation, army, navy, air force, marine, coastguard, border guard, and citizen.



armed forces pl (plural only)

  1. The military forces of a nation, such as the army, navy, air force, marines, and sometimes, coastguard or border guard, which are tasked with the defence of the nation and its citizens, if necessary through use of deadly force.
    • 2020 September 23, Shi Chuan, “When Police Officers No Longer Work for Dictators”, in Minghui[1]:
      What dictators fear most is losing the support of the armed forces, and when this happens, it's as if a ferocious beast has lost its teeth.
    • Force definition
      Strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigour; might; capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect. (1 of 13 force definitions)
    • Army definition
      A large, highly organized military force, concerned mainly with ground (rather than air or naval) operations. (1 of 7 army definitions)
    • Coastguard definition
      Alternative spelling of coast guard