from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove or forbid military troops in (an area): demilitarize a buffer zone between hostile countries.

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  • v. To remove troops from an area
  • v. To prevent troops from entering an area.
  • v. To return an area to civilian control

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To convert from a military to a civil form of government; place under civil jurisdiction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove offensive capability from
  • v. do away with the military organization and potential of


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  • MR. BERGER: The understanding that the KLA signed up to in Rambouillet was to demilitarize, that is, to cease functioning as a military unit, nor to have the weaponry of a military unit.

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  • They say their troops only pushed forward to "demilitarize" an area they felt threatened by the Georgian Army which, of course, has already long abandoned that area.

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  • While you are at it can you also tell us what will possibly happen to Israel in case it will follow your recommendation and will (together with Iran, of course) "demilitarize"?

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  • What's needed, he said, are talks to "demilitarize" world politics.

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  • Political efforts to soften Catholic hostility toward Northern Ireland, the predominantly Protestant corner of the island that stayed British when the rest of Ireland won independence in 1921, required security forces to "demilitarize" even though the threat from IRA dissidents continued.

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  • I'd hate to see them "demilitarize" all the privately owned warbirds out there - but there are those who are pushing for this to happen.


  • The Obama administration has done well to "demilitarize" the US-India strategic partnership.

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  • The AU said Monday the sides had agreed in principle to demilitarize Abyei, which the north occupied last month.

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  • North and South Sudan have agreed in principle to demilitarize the tense Abyei border region and invite Ethiopian troops to keep peace along the disputed frontier.

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  • The two sides agreed in principle Monday to demilitarize the region, after two days of talks between Southern Sudan President Salva Kiir and Sudan President Omar al-Bashir aimed at defusing threats of a renewed military conflict.

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