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1. Fighting or warring.
2. Having a combative character; aggressive, especially in the service of a cause: a militant political activist.
A fighting, warring, or aggressive person or party.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mīlitāns, mīlitant-, present participle of mīlitāre, to serve as a soldier; see militate.]

mil′i·tance, mil′i·tan·cy n.
mil′i·tant·ly adv.
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another word for militancy
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Noun1.militance - a militant aggressivenessmilitance - a militant aggressiveness    
aggressiveness - the quality of being bold and enterprising
scrappiness - the trait of being scrappy and pugnacious
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Lorence effectively traces governmental and union bureaucracies' growing influence and how it reduced militance and socialized the jobless, but he does not show how workers reacted to or thought about these changes.
Others included Black militance in the face of police brutality, Black demands for and mayoral resistance to the development of a civilian review board, the economic and social ills suffered by Blacks, and Harlem as a "powerless colony" that was run economically, politically, and socially by white New York.
The intensity that we hear filtered through the character's voice emanates from Brown's own familiarity with an integrity that demanded militance. In the 1930s, as the national editor of Negro affairs in the Federal Writers' Project, he battled racist state directors who were determined to keep blacks off their payrolls and to keep libelous and stereotypical treatment of black images in their publications.
the militance and momentum of the campaign, the attention of the media, and the broad appeal to women of all classes provided a space for highly public and pointedly feminist interventions unique in the history of Weimar sex reform.
Vilified in the press and condemned by much of the public, the jailed Quill (who became ill and was hospitalized) served as a spur to greater militance.
In other words, unions that were able both to organize stable unions and to utilize these organizations to adapt to changes in the environment purused more moderate, economistic strategies, and other groups of workers with varying degrees of solidarity and organizational strength pursued a plurality of different strategies ranging from political militance to passive resignation.
L'un des fondateurs de la culture maghrebine moderne avec Kateb Yacine, Albert Memmi, Mohammed Dib, Driss Chraibi, Abdellah Laroui et Abdelwahab Meddeb, Abdelfattah Kilito, pour ne citer que quelques figures de proue, Abdelkebir Khatibi n'a jamais dissocie sa vie intellectuelle des grandes preoccupations et thematiques du XX eme siecle et du debut du XXIeme: engagement et militance, identite et difference, plurilinguisme et langues maternelles, alterite et multivers, post-modernisme et migration des cultures, tolerance et humanisme, colonialisme et nationalisme, mysticisme et philosophie, amitie et aimance, exote et hote, je e(s)t autre, semiologie et intersignes...
It is hard to ascribe these divergent outcomes to different degrees of local militance. Paper and aluminum workers both displayed grit and tenacity; both were strategically audacious and inventive.
More militance, more activism, more organizing and the labor movement would rekindle.
Convict labor helped these new industrialists to solve their two greatest problems: the scarcity of capital and the militance and mobility of free black labor.
Paz also denies that Roman Catholics were passive victims, pointing out that their theological and political militance provoked a Protestant reaction.
In seeking to develop a more unified field that fully integrates gender analysis, Baron suggests a focus on the cultural construction of gender and its relationship to workplace issues and to labor militance. The fundamental question that Baron challenges historians to ask is: "How are the meanings of being a woman and being a man formulated, and how have these formulations shaped men's and women's actions and the conditions under which they live and work?" (p.