Militant Mil"i*tant, a. [L. militans, -antis, p. pr. of militare to be soldier: cf. F. militant. See {Militate}.] Engaged in warfare; fighting; combating; serving as a soldier. -- {Mil"i*tant*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

At which command the powers militant . . . Moved on in silence. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Church militant}, the Christian church on earth, which is supposed to be engaged in a constant warfare against its enemies, and is thus distinguished from the church triumphant, in heaven. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.